The human body has always been a storyteller. One of the oldest found  figurative ceramic sculptures is the Black Venus of Dolní Věstonice.  She is made of a mixture of charred powdered bone and clay. Her use is unknown, but it is thought she may have served a symbolic or ritual purpose. 

 

In my ceramic figurative work, the symbology of myths and metaphor inspires me. Myths are sacred tales that seek to explain the world and human experience. They demonstrate how a society's customs, institutions, and taboos were established and sanctified. Metaphors are the fundamental language of poetry and often bypass logic. The first stanza in Emily Dickinson's poem,  "Hope " is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul - And sings the tune without the words - And never stops - at all " communicates it well. 

 

The interdependence of humans and animals is also an essential part of my work. Their intricate balance is the foundation of the health of our mind, body, spirit, and planet.

 

I primarily work with low fire clay and use various hand-building and carving techniques to create my pieces. I use terra sigillata, underglazes, stains, acrylic paint, and ceramic transfers to enhance my work's surface.