Bas Relief Sculpture: The clay reliefs are essentially 2.5 D carved paintings. The dimensionality creates a sense of space, drawing the you in. Using multiple layers of stoneware clay, I shape, carve and texture, replicating one of my own photographs. I paint the dry clay with multiple colored clay slips, then single fire them in my gas car kiln. The clay and glazes imitate scenes of arches, streets, complex architecture or even plant forms. I have used as inspiration European walled cities, Provencal homes, Oregon's iconic structures or landscapes, Marc Chagall and the structural quality of plants, like windmill palms, bamboo or tree limbs.
Chickens and other animals: An actual dream of life size clay lambs and chickens set in motion figurative sculpture. Most begin life as a large closed vessel or a bowl, which I then distort, carve, adding thrown parts and elements like feet. I like to say “I throw chickens!” Each chicken is realistic and true to a specific breed, some are “free range!” My husband makes the nesting boxes made from re-cycled cedar.
Eturscans: My Etruscan/Giacometti inspired explorations began with a life size clay woman, which, thankfully, evolved into animal and human figures that are 8”-14” tall. Each is formed by hand.