The birds of North Carolina inspired me the moment I arrived four years ago. Migrating and local birds offer a wide range of interesting shapes and bright colors set against beautiful and diverse habitats that stretch from the mountains in the west to the Atlantic coast in the east. My recent work simplifies forms of raptors, water birds, and songbirds.
I'm interested in the dichotomy of raptors for a few reasons: simple shapes, subtle and bold plumage, simple feather designs, and complex plumage patterns. Clay sculpture offers the best method to capture these ideas in artistic form. The plastic quality of the clay allows almost any form, while the saggar firing process creates unpredictable surface designs, colors, and patterns. No two birds are alike. And, no two firings yield the same results. The traditional and alternative ceramic processes permit this creative expression with a wide array of color effects, and include mid-range firing, saggar firing, and raku.