Prairie

Prairie

Prairie The objects in this collection, both functional and sculptural, are part of a larger fantasy narrative set in a Canadian prairie context. It is a clay story of creatures and artifacts created from my imagination which uses the colour and history of the Canadian prairies (where I grew up) as an aesthetic base. In many cases, the design of a piece is not plotted out when I begin, but during the process of making, the shapes, souls and history of the creatures and pots are realized. When I am making these pieces though, it seems that I travel to the diluted memories of home, of being a child, of the large land in which I walked. Some of the important elements in this series are the earth-like stamps and carvings, simulating the vegetation and natural fur and skin of the animals found around the Red River and the prairie fields. The selected glazes and oxides simulate the colourations of the same. I introduce antique copper and iron glazes as well to suggest an aspect of construction to the natural forms, wrought by the early people/beings that would inhabit this space. Then I add gold lustre which implies the magic that exists throughout this...
Literary

Literary

Literary A central feature in my work is the use of literature as a material. I studied English literature at university with an interdisciplinary approach and find that many of the qualities associated in that study are reproduced in my working with clay. Developing the relationship between the word and object is an important process for me as I use language and theory directly on the clay and often I use clay as a way to make new stories and...
Mythology

Mythology

Mythology The main narrative in my mythological work has been the story of Icarus. What intrigues me is the question of how the myth of Icarus may have unfolded he had a sister. My sculpture and other forms take on the problem of the feminine heroine and I use the text from Ovid and the mythology itself to insert a female into the story and question of what happens when one poses the question “could Icarus have been a girl?” The other aspect of the myth of Icarus is the notion of metamorphosis in which the human changes into a bird and various other mythological occurrences in which the human either undergoes a certain physical change such as in the Chrysalides vases or in which there already exists a hybrid such as in the Sphinx. Sphinx. 17”x12’x11”, Sculpture made with paper clay. Oxides, underglaze, lustre, electric fired cone 6. Post firing additions of silver metal on paws and scorpion tail and poly-filla applied to body and then treated with a heat gun to create blisters and points, so as to render it painful to touch. The Sphinx is a magical creature and a powerful female figure, albeit unpleasant. This mythological creature travels from village to village demanding answers to the riddles she poses and if a citizen is unable to correctly answer, he or she is eaten (please note the human being devoured inside the open mouth of the Sphinx). This version of the Sphinx exhibits a female head and torso, the body of a lion, the wings of an eagle, and the tail of a...
Clothesline bowl

Clothesline bowl

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Clothesline Napkin Rings

Clothesline Napkin Rings

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