Many of my ceramics are made by coating meadow grasses or leaves with clay and forming them into shapes evocative of nests or cocoons. The resulting artwork feels at once very ancient and very modern — organic and natural but also intentionally sculptural.
These works incorporate many aspects of the ceramic traditions of Japan, where I lived for 18 years, in particular the technique of firing raw unglazed works in 5-day wood kilns (anagama). It is the serendipitous effects of fire on clay that I am seeking.
Embassy of Japan, DC