From having taught a variety of art and craft disciplines I've learned to apply insights acquired in one area to another. I find it exciting to work traditional materials in new ways. Always expanding the perceived boundaries.
Of all the media I've explored I'm most comfortable working in clay.
My latest focus has been surface design utilizing the hand carving sgraffito technique.
Generally I combine numerous related design elements to produce the whole.
This I believe imitates life where numerous unique individuals combine to build the community.
My every movement and pressure is recorded in the clay. Not to say this isn't true in all pottery.
But, when using mixed color porcelain a trail is left of your actions.
By observing this "energy trail" and learning how to direct it is one essential element of my work.
That and the relationship of the individual units (beads) and clusters of these units to each other and the whole is what I'm concerned with.
Flowers and Birds
When designing jewelry I don't wish to get preoccupied with an individual bead, but instead focus on the collective results.
My function is to bring together the energy trails of the colored porcelain, the choreography of their shapes and creating an adornment that is becoming on the human figure to which the jewelry is meant to add interest and beauty.
Colored Porcelain & Micaceous Clay Jewelry
VISUAL ART PERSPECTIVE
As a Mixed Media Printmaker my focus is to set up a printed design or base line to which I can embellish by hand with pen, pencil or paint to produce a unique work of art. Collectively these paintings becomes a "series" instead of the traditional limited edition package.