Test of Fire
For me, sculpting the human form is exploring the human condition. Inner emotions are always reflected in the body. I love working with the torso, where the essence of who we are is manifested in the core of the physical self – and gets revealed through contour and gesture.
To put such oneness of form and emotion into my clay, I work deeply from my own inner senses of body and feeling. This allows me to tap sources truer than my intellectual mind, and the resulting pieces often surprise me with more honesty and nuance than my initial feeling. The themes that have emerged involve growth and liberation.
My forms need equally expressive surfaces. Over the years, I have developed raku, electric and wood firing methods to give my pieces evocative ceramic skins. By the time a piece has been formed and fired, it has experienced its own life transformation and can express mine. And when other people find a part of themselves in my work, I have reached something of the human condition.