When I discovered clay I found a way to incorporate two passions...drawing and sculpting. I prefer to have my hands and fingers directly engaged with my medium, so I'm drawn to those where I can brush my fingers over a page or a clay surface, feeling the response of the elements under my fingertips. There is often a sensation of deep connection to ancient artisans when working with clay or charcoal, as though time is no barrier between me, a Paleolithic artist or a Neolithic potter/sculptor. There are moments when I feel catapulted into another world...
I fire at Cone 6 Oxidation (electric) in a large production kiln that allows for taller pieces or sections, primarily using a porcelain clay that I get from the well known Archie Bray Foundation in Helena MT. It's a lush porcelain that suits throwing and hand building. I settled on oxidation firings because I work with so much detail; painting and carving. Cone 6 retains those efforts as well as creating durable outdoor pieces. Experimentation and time have given me a palette of underglazes, glazes, and pigments that create toasty and earthy surfaces which meld with the organic attachments I often include.
Galleries (current) and Shows:
Beartooth Gallery - Red Lodge MT Latigo & Lace - Augusta MT
Shows: Art for the Arts - Great Falls MT Gallery 16 - Eight Artists - Great Falls MT Lewis and Clark Outdoor Gala - G.F. MT Buck Nekkid/Latigo & Lace - Augusta MT St. Peter's Foundation - Helena MT ANA 23 Holter Museum of Art - Helena MT Governor's Mansion - Helena MT Secretary of State Office - Helena MT
Aug - Oct, 2011: "100 Mile Radius - A Response to Place" 5 Woman Show at Paris Gibson Square/Great Falls MT
August 2014 - Featured Artist - Beartooth Gallery, Red Lodge MT