Ceramics

Handbuilt

Wheel Thrown

Slip Cast Cow Skulls

My journey into the world of 3-dimensional art began early in my life during my Waldorf education. There, I was introduced to the tactile world of sculpting with materials like beeswax, wood, and clay. As I pursued my degree in painting and drawing, I expanded my interests by exploring sculpture in various mediums such as wax, clay, plaster, mold making, assemblage and bronze.

In 2005, I took my first ceramics class in hand building, finally taking my first steps to making functional art. Much later in 2021, I learned how to throw on a pottery wheel.

Handbuilt

Earth Blossom Teapot Set for Two, slab built teapot and cups with charcoal clay and glaze. Pot is  5.5″ high with a 4.25″ diameter (apx). Cups are 2.5″ high with a 2.25″ diameter, 2023

Hydrangea Mug, slab built Bmix clay with handmade stamped blossom motif and glaze, 2023.

Wheel Thrown

Simple Mug, wheel thrown electric brown clay with glaze, 2022

Bird cup, wheel thrown Bmix clay with carving and underglaze, 2023

Desert Sunset vase, wheel thrown miller porcelain with glaze, 2023

Slip Cast Cow Skulls

Concept: A Meditation on the Cycle of Life

My cow skulls draw from a combination of inspirations, initially sparked by the traditional Mexican art form of yarn painting. The intricate designs crafted as offerings to the elements held both visual appeal and a captivating sense of tradition and spirituality. Yet, the image of a cow’s skull wouldn’t have captured my imagination without the profound influence of Georgia O’Keeffe’s life and work, a major source of inspiration and influence for me.

While initially utilizing the cow skull to symbolize death, a deeper exploration unveiled an unexpected connection — there is a distinct resemblance to the form of the human uterus in a cow skull. This revelation transformed the symbolism from mortality to a deep metaphor for the source of life. The series maintains its essence as a meditation on the cycle of life, where the cow skull, once a harbinger of death, now engages in a visual dialogue with life-affirming elements of nature. This interplay reflects the profound contrast of life and death, encouraging viewers to think about the delicate balance between what is temporary and what endures.

In this transformative journey, the cow skull undergoes a profound evolution, shifting from its initial role as a symbol of death to a compelling representation embodying the life-giving forces of the womb, Mother, and Earth, symbolizing the intricate interconnectedness of life.

Process

My process begins by sculpting a cow’s skull in clay, by hand. Once the sculpture is complete, I then proceed to create a plaster mold of the skull, enabling me to produce multiple copies of the form through the slip-casting technique, allowing for consistency in shape and size. Each skull measures approximately 6.5 x 7.25 inches.

With the cast skulls as my canvas, I embark on the next phase of the process, adorning the skulls with elements of nature. Each cow skull is hand-rendered through assorted techniques and styles onto the surface of the skull.

Succulents, cast stoneware slip with sculpted adornment, underglaze and layered gloss glazes, 6×7″, 2024.

Wind and Sand, pressed black clay with carving and glaze, 6×7″, 2024.

Blue Hydrangea (sculpted), cast white stoneware with sculpted flower and leaf, underglaze and a gloss white glaze, 6×7″, 2024.

White Rose, cast white stoneware with sculpted flower and underglaze, 6×7″, 2024.

Turquoise Stone, cast white stoneware with layered glazes, 6×7″, 2024.

Ocean, cast white stoneware with layered glazes, 6×7″, 2024.

Blue Hydrangea, cast stoneware with underglaze and sgraffito, 6×7″, 2023

Black and White Hydrangea, cast stoneware with underglaze and sgraffito, 6×7″, 2023

Camellia, cast stoneware with sculpted adornment and underglaze, 6×7″, 2023

Rose, cast porcelain with underglaze and sgraffito, 6×7″, 2023

Stone, molded electric brown clay with glazes, 2023

Hibiscus, cast porcelain with underglaze and sgraffito, 6×7″, 2023

Ebbing Tide, cast porcelain with oxides and glazes, 6×7″, 2023

Peonies, cast porcelain with underglaze and sgraffito, 6×7″, 2023

Currents, cast porcelain with oxides and glaze, 6×7″, 2023

Wood, cast porcelain with oxides and glaze, 6×7″, 2023

Calla, cast porcelain with underglaze and sgraffito, 6×7″, 2023

Metal, cast porcelain with Raku glaze and firing, 6×7″, 2022

Poppy, cast porcelain with glaze, 6×7″, 2022

River, cast porcelain with glazes, 6×7″, 2022

Meadow Flower, cast porcelain with underglaze and sgraffito, 6×7″, 2022