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My interest in clay has always been very sculptural. I love to accentuate the plastic nature of clay. While well crafted, my work is never polished. I really like the sense of my touch to remain as part of each finished piece. My tile paintings incorporate all these ideas as the images are carved and shaped out of thick slabs of clay.
Ceramics, and especially tile, is laden with process. I try to bring each step alive by having all the decisions I make along the way have their effect on the final piece. The paintings begin with my choice of dark brown, almost black clay, to my choice of image, and the way it is revealed by carving and then again as it is cut apart for both structural and esthetic reasons. Next come the choices of glaze and grout colors. Each step adds a new layer and requires additional thought as the work is completed.

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