My work references the natural world depicting florals wildlife and woodlands in a narrative style which is reminiscent of woodblock prints from fairytale illustrations. I am inspired by early Korean Celtic and Art Nouveau design employing elements of knotwork borders asymmetry and flowing lines along with pictorial representations of animals trees and vines which may vary from whimsical to serene. The viewer is drawn into a world which speaks of the familiar need to connect and commune with nature which is at the very core of what it means to be human. The images and vignettes that I carve through layers of colored clay are representational of my own childhood with the woodlands and fields as my playground. I strive to make work that will participate with the viewer in the everyday rhythms of life; work that is at the same time symbolic decorative and functional. I work in stoneware and porcelain wheel-thrown high-fired and hand-carved. No collaboration all original.
Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival: TBA