The art of ceramics utilizes the whole body in creating a piece. The physical aspect of ceramics is what draws me to the material and is something I try to use in my work. In two of my pieces, I used the technique of molding and casting. This process involves the creation of a prototype that is then cast using plaster. I enjoy working using a cast object for the reason that it allows for uniformity in creating multiples. The ability to take an object and create duplicates of that form gives the option of amending the shape to create something new, yet retaining the same aesthetic qualities.
Kandinsky, a 20th-century Modernist painter, influenced the
surface treatment of my work in “3-Dimensional Composition.” I
am intrigued with geometric, simple shapes that incorporate various
colors. I use velvet underglazes to create the bold, solid appearance
that I aim for in my pieces. In other works, I have experimented
with connecting ceramics and printmaking. Using both the etchings
and linoleum relief of printmaking with the solid three-dimensional
qualities of ceramics creates a strong combination of both two-
and three-dimensional qualities. I also use a firing technique that
involves creating a separate environment within the kiln. When
fired, the object will acquire a salmon colored surface, a result of
the reaction between the clay and the sodium within a contained
environment. Using these processes, I have further developed my
ideas using different surface treatments and creating new forms
through the manipulation of multiples.
3-Dimensional Composition, 11" x 16", ceramic
|Select a thumbnail image to view an artwork.||
|170||Fragments of a Self-Portrait (Book) ||12” x 9” each||zinc etchings|
|(Series of three prints)|
|171||Untitled (triptych)||16” x 20”||linoleum prints|
|172||Untitled||9” x 48” x 36”||ceramic and prints|
|173||Chance||28” x 28” x 6”||ceramic|
|174||Untitled (wall piece)||9 ½” x 8 ½” x 3 ¼”, 13” x 11” x 3 ½”||ceramic|
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