Saturday, March 31, 2012

Found in a Cabbage Patch

I've always felt as if I didn't "belong" in the family I came with - thus, this mask. The cabbage girl is dedicated to those of us who feel somehow "other". I made this piece while I was a resident at the Shigaraki Institute of Ceramic Studies in Shigaraki, Japan - and I finished it at home in my studio.....

This porcelain wall mask measures 7 3/4" high by 3 3/4" wide by 2" deep and is ready to hang in a special place.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Inner Beauty

Everyone knows that it's what is inside that counts.  When you peel away layers, the important parts are revealed.....

This small ceramic sculpture is the first in a series I'm working on titled "Uncommon Cameos".  I have always enjoyed and been inspired by traditional cameos.  Now, I'm feeling like they are in serious need of an update!  Beauty measures 2 3/4" high by 1 1/2" wide.

Friday, February 3, 2012


A little battered and slightly bruised, but these hearts are beating still and remain together "for better or worse". Yes, this is an offbeat Valentine:  the perfect hearts and flowers variety no longer holds the meaning it once did....

This small ceramic sculpture measures 2 3/4" high by 2 3/4" wide.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

All Fall Down

I made this sculpture a few years ago and I was thinking about it today.  It seemed an auspicious time to post!  It's strange sometimes how so many things are connected - or seem so - and I welcome those moments of realization.  I don't even remember what the thinking behind this piece was (and, I don't think I was that crazy about the end results), but something brought it to my mind so, I am paying attention!.....

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Left Behind

On one's personal journey, many things get left behind.  Some of these things we no longer need and others have simply been forgotten - but the images stay and, often, leave a trail.......

This one of a kind raku and mixed media wall sculpture measures 12" high by 5 1/2" wide by 3 1/4" deep.  The mask and individual "leaves" may be removed from the shadow box but I think that the box enhances and defines the piece.  Either way, it is ready to hang.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Wooden Heart

She's gotten out the hammer and nails and has fashioned herself a protective covering.  It is not so strong that it cannot be damaged, but beware of splinters....

The size of this small ceramic sculpture is 3 1/4" high by 2 3/8" wide.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Fallen Angel

I've made three different pieces using the idea of "fallen angels" - however, I'm using the idea as a metaphor rather than as a religiously based concept.  My version of a fallen angel is something that is slightly tarnished and a little broken but, in spite of that, persists.....

And here is a quote by Jean Cocteau:
I feel that there is an angel inside me whom I am constantly shocking.

This raku sculpture was made in three parts: Head, Wings and Body and assembled post firing.  It now resides in Hungary.