As an artist and art therapist, my ceramic work is a meld of both form and function. While my work may be viewed as sculptural, it is also functional, inviting the artist and the observer to take a second look. A sculptural ‘vessel’ can be teasingly functional and a surprise to the observer. A ‘functional’ piece asserts itself as an unexpected art object. In this way, the work encourages a dialogue between artist and observer, often inviting a tactile interaction. I do not approach the clay with a preconceived idea. Rather, the clay reveals to me what form it wishes to assume. Clay is folded, torn, draped and textured with glazes applied in multiple layers to create depth. As a result, the pieces challenge the observer to consider their purpose and the objective of the clay. What is static and ‘who’ is fluid? Are the works Art or Function? As an artist, my challenge is to invite the viewer to engage in a visual and emotional exchange that is ever-changing.
What I create is a reflection of who I am. My creative journey has taken me down many paths… and what you see is an album of my travels.
I first visited Maine as a child in a family of skiers. I’ve always lived near the water and started summering at Granite Point in 1987 with my children. That continues even as my family has grown and moved. My wish now is to retire to the Coast I’ve always loved and which continues to give me such inspiration as an artist.