I’ve made three-dimensional art since 1980 and have worked with clay and ceramic-based mixed media since 1995. Although I also make stylized representational pieces, my main interest is making abstract sculptures, wall pieces, and sculptural vessels.I constantly and unconsciously notice unusual forms, shapes, textures, lines and intersections, and the effects of time on objects and materials. I especially find that entropy creates accidental and unexpected beauty in material forms, both natural and man made.  I work with clay, and my sculptures and wall pieces originate with the most interesting of those images, which are the link to my internal creative source. I work with clay and make abstract sculptures and wall pieces.  My favorite quote about abstract art is “The abstraction is often the most definite form for the intangible thing in myself that I can clarify in paint” (Georgia O’Keefe)

I begin work on a piece with a plan, but from step to step in the process I react to the piece as it develops, spontaneity being the core of my working style. So, the final piece is often a departure from the original plan. The constant interaction between my original intent and what’s happening as I work is my operational definition of original, and it feeds my drive to create art. This approach rewards me with surprises, both welcome and sometimes unwelcome, and solving each problem I encounter is both a challenge and a delight to the senses.

Courses and workshops:

1995-2004: Hand building and raku classes with Debra Fritts and Trish Salmon at the Roswell Visual Art Center in Roswell, Georgia.
2000: Two weeks at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina with ceramic sculptor Richard Notkin, including joint class sessions with potter Julia Galloway
2002-2011: Weekend workshops with:
Michigan ceramic artist Mark Chatterly,
Georgia potter Rick Berman,
North Carolina ceramic artist Michael Sherrill, and
UK Raku Potter David Roberts
2005-06: Three courses with Robert Piepenburg at Oakland Community College
2005-07 and 2014-15:  Six Potters Guild Classes with instructors Tanya Rudenjak, John Leyland, Kate Tremel (2), Jeri Hollister and Alex Pratt
2008-2012: Various demonstration sessions at Michigan Mud

Gallery Affiliations

Clay Gallery, 2007 to 2015 (Present)
The Timmel Collection art gallery in Saugatuck, Michigan, 2006 to 2014
Heaven Blue Rose Gallery, Roswell, Georgia, 2003-04
Web: Artspan, Saatchi Online Gallery, and Clay Gallery.

Awards, Exhibits, Publications

2004: “Best in Show” award, Roswell Visual Arts Center all media student art show
2007: One-person exhibit at the U-M Health System’s Gifts of Art program
2008, 2010 and 2012: Work included in MCAA Michigan Ceramics biennial exhibitions
2009: One-person show at the Clay Gallery.
2009 and 2011: Work included in exhibits at the Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, MI
2014: Work included in Clay Gallery exhibit at the U-M Health System’s Gifts of Art program
2014: Work included in Clay Gallery exhibit at the offices of Raymond James, Main Street Ann Arbor
2014: Work included in Clay Gallery shows at Dancing Dog Gallery and Kerrytown Concert House

Work featured in the following publications:

Making Ceramic Sculpture, Raul Acero, Lark Books, Asheville, NC , 2000
The Spirit of Ceramic Design, Robert Piepenberg, Pebble Press, Ann Arbor, MI, 2009
From a Slab of Clay, Daryl E. Baird, The American Ceramic Society, Westerville, OH, 2012.

Miscellaneous Interests/Experience 

Photography, article and newsletter writing, light carpentry

All images © 2014-2016 Clay Gallery

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