I have been creating art for the past 30 years. I began with watercolors, and made art that used small pieces that were put together, rolled and tied, or layered. I then moved on to using handmade paper, and folding, rolling and curling the paper to make abstract pieces of art. My interests moved into making the same type of pieces, but from clay. I flattened the clay into very thin sheets and flopped it about to make folds and waves in the clay. I also made thin clay pieces that were rolled up with wires and beads hanging from them in the same way the watercolor pieces were made.
My focus now is on pattern and texture inspired from nature. I make small pieces; squares, domes, triangles, circles. While the clay is still pliable, I add textures, patterns and holes. After low-firing, I burn them with newspapers, twigs and leaves in an outdoor fireplace. Once the pieces are all recovered from the fire (a rather dirty and dusty task!), they are washed and cleaned. I color the small burnt pieces with a variety of materials; add wires, beads and other found objects to create the finished individual pieces.
Once the small, individual pieces are complete, I begin to arrange them. I enjoy manipulating the pieces and rearranging them to create the finished patterned design. They are then glued down to a backing board in grids. Look closely to find the patterns and textures that move throughout each one-of-a-kind piece.