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
Energy, Light; Reflection, Shadow; Seen and unseen; Water bares all.
Black, darkness: the void from which all form arises. The dawn of a new moon, flooded with light.
Materials: Cedar, Rice Paper
The Salmon Banner Project
This project began in Salmon Bend, CA by the Y-ē-Slah clan. There, it was a small art installation along a bend in the Sacramento River. The project has migrated to various coastal rivers as a sign of hope and welcome to the Salmon returning to their home waters to spawn. Now, they are available for purchasehere(Save 45%/Banner on orders of ten or more) with 100% of profits going to Non-profit organizations promoting sustainable watersheds.
Oregon rain drips from a pine needle caught in a web .
Materials: Cedar, Basalt, Rice Paper
Inspired by butterfly's on stones in a dark canyon. 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
A square hole within an organic form filled with a wooden peg. In each stone is an ivory bead. I’ve read that elephants can recognize the bones of their kin in a pile of skeletons. Inspired by this, and the constant flow of water, I strive beyond human conflict for a greater whole. Like a stonefly’s cocoon of sand and pebbles is fit for three years of tumultuous waters; the cocoon can fail and its components once again become part of the river, shedding light on connectedness and impermanence.
Materials: Stone, Cedar, Ivory
Found Slate, partially polished. Using what is present not 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.
A riffle in the thalwag. An eddy. Sanctuary. A place to leave and come home to.