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About the Artist
I've been a professional potter for thirty years. During this time, I developed a wide palette of studio glazes and a variety of techniques to treat the surface of clay. In 2010, I started making ceramic wall pieces utilizing many of these techniques. I think of these ceramic wall reliefs as paintings; not as a substitution of clay for canvas or glaze for paint, but as an investigation of the potential of ceramic materials to create compelling images on their own terms. Expanding on traditional ideas of tile work and mosaics, the work describes a new form that is both painterly and sculptural. I like to work spontaneously, establishing a dialog between the emerging image and my subconscious. The abstract images I create are not purely formal. The shapes and colors reference things in our world but resist absolute definition. In the piece titled Metaphysics of Love there are two forms that speak to one another, moving in and out of an ethereal background. The heart-like forms are discrete and intermingle as manifestations of the same divine source.