Inspired by butterfly's on stones in a deep, dark canyon. Winters tears cascading through sharp rocks forming soft pools. Each piece is selected with a purpose strapped to a pack and hiked out of the canyon, hand split and polished.
Materials: Slate, Rice Paper
I use ceramics to tell stories. The clay becomes my canvas that becomes permanent in the process of firing. I aim to challenge the integrity of the clay, adding tension to the story to question the purpose of the piece.
Materials: Reclaim Stoneware, Atmospheric firings
A square block within the organic form. Wind and water will continue to shape the stone but the square is an eternal mark in time. Ever changing, ever square. The flow of all things will return all to one.
Materials: Stone, Cedar
Bancroft Gardens. Walnut Creek, California. Found Slate, partially polished. Something to be said for using what is present rather than searching for more. Taking what the stone gives you rather than forcing its form.
Language, spoken, without sound.
Materials: Polished Slate, Redwood.
The Oakland Redwoods
The Bay Area: concrete and tall buildings. When I walked the hills and overlooking the cityscape my mind drifted back to a time when the Redwoods were taller than the buildings and wonder what this place must have been like.
Materials: Redwood, Copper, Concrete.
A Piece of the Whole
520 etched skipping stones.An installation was for a local Open Studios event in which I wanted the visitors to take a piece of the show home. In each canvas pouch is a stone and a card. On the card was a picture of the whole, while the back read:
a part of a river a piece of a tree a part of a whole
do with your piece what you please to hold, to skip, or to pass on…
Materials: Hand Etched Stones, Canvas, Cedar
The Insignificance of One and the Power of Many
Graphite and paper. 18” x 24”. When I look too close at some things I see the flaws, when I step back I see the whole and how well everything works together.
A series of 33 lanterns. Utilizing the glass and buildings from The Oakland Redwoods piece these lanterns are fitted with 12 v power cord to create pieces of the whole for you to take home.
Simple. A stand up drawing table. Fitted with a 23" x 30" piece of glass for smooth hard writing surface.
Materials: Cedar, Glass
Cedar Garden Benches
Commissioned to create two armless, cedar, garden benches for lying on after a day in the garden. Having never done any woodworking I wanted to use mortise and tenon joints to create the benches with tensegrity.