I create figurative earthenware “toys” and tile mosaics with richly colored and patterned surfaces. Posture, expression and the potential for movement in my sculptures are used to convey the humor and sadness of the human condition. These pieces are inspired in part by 19th century dolls, automata, and wheeled or balancing toys. I have adopted the movements and intricacies of these objects and, I hope, their innate sense of joy, mystery, or menace.
My tilework reflects a study of historical narrative art forms such as Italian majolica and medieval stained glass. I would like to lure the viewer into a curious world of spectacle. An abiding interest in puppet theater, sideshow, and morality tales feeds this endeavor. The unchanging state of humanity through the ages, and our complex relationship with the world around us, inspires my work in clay.