Creating artwork has always been a part of my life. From childhood, I have been making things out of almost anything I could get my hands on. When I was in high school in Kettering Ohio, I was creating and selling sculpture out of cut up tin cans from my parents’ garage. I then attended the art institute of Pittsburgh, earning an associates degree in commercial art. After graduating I moved to Tucson where I enrolled in a ceramics class which changed my life. The beginnings of my sculpture today began in that class 25 years ago. I found that clay to be the perfect medium to create the images in my head and have set out to learn and the technical knowledge I need to shape the medium to fit my ideas. With my studio and kilns at my home I can continually experiment with new methods with the clay.
The overall look and style of my work is a combination of artistic creativity and a reflection of the hairstyles, designs and lifestyles of the different Native American groups. I begin with a slab of clay, then I form it into the shape for that piece. I usually use three different clay bodies on each piece. Most of the surface of each sculpture is the natural color of each clay. This surface is enhanced with glazes applied with a brush -- the most meticulous and exacting part of the final look of each sculpture.
Each sculpture has been fired to 2300 degrees in a reduction firing. The final firing takes between 12 and 14 hours and must be monitored during the entire time. There are many factors that affect the firing such as humidity and outside temperatures which adds an element of surprise to all the sculpture that comes out of the kiln.