The challenge of creating handbuilt porcelain forms using texture, volume, and
structure keeps my interest in the working process. The body of work
represented here is an innate connection of elements in nature, in the sewing
process, and also in Art Nouveau.
Nature constantly inspires me to arrive at
new forms and structures with different volumes and textures. The repetitive
grooves on an orange or the petals on a flower give me ideas for the details on
the surface of my clay work. The process of sewing has given me a new approach
to form and volume. Cutting, darting, altering, and mending are processes used
when tailoring textiles. I have found that, in clay, I am able to tailor my
forms to maximize the volume while keeping them relatively simple. Finally, the
Art Nouveau style of uniting nature and structure gives me ideas for the basic
form and function of my pieces. I marvel at the architectural elements of
continuous lines that softly join different sections of a doorway or balcony
and somehow invite one to enter or linger.
It is through the combination of
these three inspirations that I create my clay pieces. I find a texture, create
a pattern on the clay, then begin to tailor my ideas into a form where the
lines blend and soften and are inviting. I want my pieces to be picked up and
used and enjoyed. My desire is not only to create a form which pleases the eye,
but one that incorporates the elements of volume, texture, and structure to
please the hand, the mouth, and the table.