Artist Statement

The beauty of the forms and textures in the plant world initially seduced me to carve botanical images into the surface of my pots. The book, “Botany of Desire” by Michael Pollan inspired me to explore botanical imagery beyond its beauty, to the reciprocal relationship between Man and plants and its effects on the delicate balances in the nature.

 

“Endangered” series is concerned with the plants and animals at risk of extinction. “Fraxinus and Emerald Ash Borer” addresses the plight of the Ash Tree due to man’s inadvertent importation of the Emerald Ash Borer.  

 

“Invasive” series focuses on the resiliency and strength of nature. “Campsis radicans” delights in the beauty of the Trumpet Vine; belying its aggressive, destructive growth.

 

“Quenched” series celebrates plants that satisfy man’s thirst, as Wheat, Hops and Yeast, ingredients of beer, embrace the Weizens.

 

"Celebration"  series expresses the pure enjoyment of the beauty in nature.

 

My Raku fired work allows me a very different approach to the botanical world.  The vibrant colors of the flowers are retained despite the dramatic and risky nature of the raku firing. These pieces truly express the resiliency of nature.

 

The intimate gardens on my pots speak to the importance of maintaining the delicate balances in nature for its preservation.

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