I seek the balance between pottery and sculpture. On one hand, sculpting is a personal investigation of interests and is more abstract. On the other hand, pottery is tied to utility and made with the user in mind. Both approaches inform one another; Sculpting invokes ideas of how to redefine a pot, and potting provides the ideal testing ground for sculpture. The forms themself rise from my kinship with the sandstone lands of the southwestern US and oceanic life, which in themselves are opposites.
As my pots are used they feel oddly correct. They are off-centered multiple times which in turn re-centers their weight. Form and function work together to create balance. The user is often surprised by how well the strange pot functions as a utilitarian object. The form is more interesting because of its utility and nothing is sacrificed.
I try to make every sculpture to be strong enough to stand alone, but often group them to achieve the effect I want. Many of my sculptures become part of an Evolutionary Cluster; every time it’s shown it changes: pieces disappear from the group when sold, new works are created and introduced, while some have been there the whole time. It is tied to Earth’s ecosystems and the role humans play in their survival.