works

The Refugees
The Refugees

Dimensions: 10"x 13"x 6"; 10"x 10"x 5"; 7.5"x 7.5"x 4" Description: Hand built white earthenware. Burnished and pit fired with organic materials.

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Lost in the Crowd
Lost in the Crowd

Dimensions: 5"x 13"x 5" Description: Hand built white earthenware. Burnished and pit fired with organic materials.

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The Lovers
The Lovers

Dimensions: 14"x 17"x 4" Description: Hand built white earthenware. Burnished and pit fired with organic materials.

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Irreconcilable Differences
Irreconcilable Differences

Dimensions: 19.5"x 17"x 7" Description: Hand built white earthenware. Burnished and pit fired with organic materials.

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The Gossips
The Gossips

Dimensions: 19"x 13"x 5" Description: Hand built white earthenware. Burnished and pit fired with organic materials.

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First Date
First Date

Dimensions: 18"x 12"x 6" Description: Hand built white earthenware. Burnished and pit fired with organic materials.

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Parting of Ways
Parting of Ways

Dimensions: 17.5"x 9.5"x 6" Description: Hand built white earthenware. Burnished and pit fired with organic materials.

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Nothing More to Say
Nothing More to Say

Dimensions: 12.5"x 9.5" x 5" Description: Hand built white earthenware. Burnished and pit fired with organic materials.

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Perfect Harmony
Perfect Harmony

Dimensions: 17"x 13"x 6" Description: Hand built white earthenware. Burnished and pit fired with organic materials.

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"Single Parent Woes"
"Single Parent Woes"

Dimensions: 6"x 6"x 14" Description: Hand built earthenware, burnished, and pit fired with organic materials.

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"9/11"
"9/11"

Dimensions: 7"x 9"x 16" Description: Hand built earthenware, burnished, and pit fired with organic materials.

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"Mother and Child"
"Mother and Child"

Dimensions: 6"x 6"x 14" Description: Hand built earthenware, burnished, and pit fired with organic materials.

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"Empty Nesters"
"Empty Nesters"

Dimensions: 4"x 4"x 10" Description: Hand built earthenware, burnished, and pit fired with organic materials.

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"Been To Hell and Back"
"Been To Hell and Back"

Dimensions: 8"x 8"x 14" Description: Hand built earthenware, burnished, and pit fired with organic materials.

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"The Family Group"
"The Family Group"

Dimensions: 8"x 9"x 14" Description: Hand built earthenware, burnished, and pit fired with organic materials.

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Images by Clinton Keller Photography

About

I am a contemporary ceramic artist and that uses hand building, burnishing, and alternative firing techniques to create one of a kind pieces.

 

My career as an art educator was wonderful and I was passionate about teaching art, it was an absolute joy! I was very fortunate to see the delight in the faces of so many young  people of all ages. During a period of several years I took student groups to Europe to discover the history, art, customs, and cultures of each area. Being immersed in different countries provided possibilities for new insights and created many invaluable experiences for everyone.

 

As an artist, I have always been drawn to the use of three dimensional space. The fascinating play of positive and negative; light and shadow; and the movement created by that interaction has always been an open door for endless design opportunities.

 

Throughout my career I have worked with a variety of materials but clay is the grounding medium. The slow process of hand building, scraping, forming, and smoothing just work for me. They are both soothing and exhilarating at the same time.

I use organic materials and saggar firing to create the coloration that works with each piece. By adjusting the amount of organic materials and temperature I can "sort of" control the effects of the firing.

Sometimes it is perfect, other times it's not, such is the game, never a dull moment, and always a surprise.

artist statement

My earlier work was inspired by nature, focused on perfecting the design and form. But after a tragic personal loss I needed to dig more deeply, it just had to mean more.

The work is now anthropic and the white earthenware I use has both strength and refinement that speaks about our human nature. Each piece is made in the same way just are we are created. The process is intuitive, very personal, and intended to reflect how human beings are defined, shaped, and affected by life'e experiences.

 

The differences in contour and coloration speak about who they are and where they've been.

They are a celebration of the importance of the human experience and honor personal connectedness.

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Education

BA, University of West Georgia

Visual Arts Major

Carrollton, GA, 1975

 

Non-Degree Graduate Studies

Georgia State University

Atlanta, GA, 1979

University of Georgia

Athens, GA , 1985

 

Juried Competitions

Abstracts Matter, 311 Gallery, (Raleigh, NC, 2020)

Ink and Clay 44, California Polytechnic University, (Pomona, CA, 2019)

29th Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show, (HM), (Stuart FL, 2019)

28th Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show, (Stuart FL, 2018)

26th Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show, (Stuart FL, 2016)

Exhibitions

Member Exhibition, Florida CraftArt, (St. Petersburg, FL, 2022)

"Rise Up Exhibition", Morean Arts Center, (St. Petersburg, FL, 2021)

Member Exhibition, Morean Arts Center, (St. Petersburg, FL, 2021)

Member Exhibition, Florida CraftArt, (St. Petersburg, FL, 2021)

Member Exhibition, Morean Arts Center, (St. Petersburg, FL, 2020)

Member Exhibition, Florida CraftArt, (St. Petersburg, FL, 2020)

Member Exhibition, Morean Arts Center, (HM), (St. Petersburg, FL, 2019)

Member Exhibition, Morean Arts Center, (St. Petersburg, FL, 2018)

Top Finalist FAEA Member Exhibition, (Daytona Beach FL, 2014)

Top Finalist FAEA Member Exhibition, (Daytona Beach FL, 2013)

 

Gallery Representation

The Art Box, (Monticello, GA, 2019-21)

Florida Craft Art, (St. Petersburg, FL, 2019-22)

William Braemer Fine Art, (Miami, FL, 2017-19)

Baker Showroom, Design Center of the Americas, (Dania Beach, FL, 2017-18)

Art Fusion Galleries, (Miami, FL, 2016-17)

Southlight Gallery, (Jacksonville, FL 2016-17)

 

Commissions

Ronald E. Johnston Jr., Private Collection, (Atlanta, GA, 2020)

Marvin and Lynette Perlis, (Amelia Island, FL, 2002)

Amelia Interior Designs, (Amelia Island FL, I995-96)

Bill and Gayle Gower (Amelia Island FL, 1995-96)

William Bristol III, (Amelia Island, FL, 1993-94) 

Melody Winston/ The Addison House (Amelia Island FL, 1992-3)

Don and Scotty McCurry, (Amelia Island FL, 1992)

Jacksonville Symphony Guild Designers’ Showhouse, (Jacksonville FL, 1991,1993)

 

Public Installations

Center Street Art Walk, (Amelia Island, 1993)

 

Publications

School Arts Magazine, 2012, 2016

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