About My Work
I am drawn to work in clay because of the deep connection to the past, to the ability to express modern ideas of importance and to move art “off the wall” and into our lives. Western culture tends to put art onto shelves and behind glass, into museums and galleries, and to separate it from everyday life. “Art is what you go to see in a museum”, is an all too familiar refrain. I once attended a clay workshop by a very famous potter named Ken Ferguson, who was demonstrating the making of tea bowls. Tea bowls are a much revered pottery form in Japan and an iconic part of the Tea Ceremony. A young student asked Ken what he did with all his tea bowls. You could hear in her voice the expectation that he sold the best ones to tea masters for thousands of dollars. What he actually said was that he and the “the wife” sit in front of the TV at night and eat ice cream out of them. And while not all my work is suitable for eating ice cream, the idea that art can be a part of life in an integral way drives what I do.
My own iconography is all about rhythms, which find their way into so much of Physics and life - from music to string theory to the seasons to heartbeats to our very breathing. The rhythms for me become stripes or repeating patterns which rarely overlap, though their color, spacing and thickness (frequency and amplitude) vary from one section to another. I think of them as visual meditations and see them everywhere. I approach a new piece as a puzzle, trying to fit together organic and inorganic elements to make a cohesive and meaningful whole. It seems a fitting metaphor for life as well as art.