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Working with clay for over thirty years, exploring various themes, I find that I keep returning to my fascination with people. I depict ordinary people in everyday settings, sometimes in quirky situations. Some of my works may have a tragic or pathetic quality, while others may be whimsical and lighthearted. Their character is shown through exaggerated facial features, body proportion, and subtle mannerisms.
While some artists’ works have underlying meanings that require speculation
I work predominantly with stoneware because of the color and texture of the clay. Underglazes are used for additional color. Most pieces are high-fired to achieve the desired appearance and for the structural strength and permanency.
The figures I create may be standing, sitting, prone, or even hanging in mid-air. These cariacaturish folks can be serious, or poignant, or humorous, but all are meant to be instantly relatable.
Other than the clay people, I also have a series of “Dwellings”. These are very small, whimsical, fantasy structures that incorporate unusual items and themes.
Figurative works range in price from $250 to $4000. Other works range from $25 to $100.
BS in Arts and Crafts, 1975, MAE, 1980, Herron School of Art, IUPUI
Attended many workshops, those most infuential were by Fred Olsen, Don Reitz, Cynthia Bringle, Dee Schaad.
Indiana Now, Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, Museum Collection Purchase, 2013
Figures of Speech, The Anderson Center for the Arts, First Place and Collection Purchase, 2013
Hoosier Salon, People’s Choice Award, 2012
Clayfest 2011, Merit and Purchase Awards, 2011
Hoosier Salon Purchase Award, 2011
Hoosier Salon Popular Choice, 2009
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