For me there is something magical and mesmerizing
about reaching into the earth, pulling forth the clay and spinning
it on a wheel to form a vessel. The world around me ceases to exist
and my whole self is focused on forming the mass of clay into cylinders,
spheres, and disks. I feel a kinship with all of the potters throughout
all the ages.
first, these forms became casseroles, cookie jars and vases. Then
there was a slow metamorphosis from functional ceramics (influenced
by Hamada-Shoji) to figurative and then abstract sculptures. The
opening of bottle necks became smaller, the rims grew larger. One
day when I was trimming excess clay from a heavy bottle, a colleague
told me it looked like a squatting samurai warrior. My life as a
sculptor had begun.
a basic form is still the beginning of each new sculpture. I see
this form as analogous to a blank canvas waiting for paint. I alter
the damp structure
by carving, pushing, pulling and attaching chunks
of clay. I am attempting to make my work truly three-dimensional
with layered surfaces and a play of light and shadow inside as well
as outside. On successive viewings I would like to have people discover
textural complexities, the interplay of positive and negative forms
and to look into the carved openings that expose the sculpted interior.
I look back on the evolution of these sculptures, I believe that
the creation of complex three-dimensional shapes has been a subconscious
rebellion against the severe geometries and unadorned surfaces of
the Bauhaus aesthetic of my college years.
current work continues to evolve, and I am very curious to see the
direction it takes. There may be fewer individuals and more groups.
Some works will be more ornate; others will be simpler. I am beginning
to see gesture and motion in the shaping of the clay.