Upcoming Shows and Events:
DARK GARDEN, an installation of my ceramic sculpture
January 30, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Erie Art Museum, 411 State Street, Erie, PA
My concern for the natural environment influences my sculpture, where I explore various aspects of the problem "man versus nature" as well as fragility, vulnerability, and life versus decay. I use plant forms, seed pods, leaves, and flowers as a source for imagery. Many of the sculptures have impressions of trash in the clay. I consider littering to be the "canary in the coal mine," portraying attitudes toward pollution. Often actual rusted rebar metal becomes a part of my sculptural plants’ structure. The rebar also facilitates building clay forms that can rise higher into space in a way unusual for traditional heavy clay sculpture. I like to test the borders of response from the viewer and what they want to see: desirable versus undesirable in a way that parallels our acceptance or denial of environmental issues.
RADIUS, the Inaugural Exhibition of the Society of Arts and Crafts
October 6 - November 5, 2016 - Grand opening Thursday, October 6, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
100 Pier 4, Boston, MA
MOTHER BROOK OPEN STUDIOS
Saturday, November 12 (11 am - 5 pm) and Sunday, November 13 (11 am - 5 pm)
Mother Brook Arts & Community Center, 123 High Street (Room 8), Dedham, MA
BEACON HILL HOLIDAY FINE ART AND CRAFT SALE
Saturday, November 19 (10 am - 5 pm) and Sunday, November 20 (10 am - 5 pm)
Hill House (the old firehouse), 127 Vernon Street (just off Charles Street), Boston, MA
HOLIDAY STUDIO SALE
Friday, December 16 (4 - 8 pm) and Saturday, December 17 (Noon- 5 pm)
249 A Street (# 57), Boston, MA
My studio will be one of the locations open during the Fort Point Holiday Stroll on Friday evening
Here's a video of me working in the studio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvbWoOWIWUE
My teaching philosophy involves helping people feel inspired and connected to their creative imaginations. I encourage them in a non-judgmental way, try to expose them to as many influences as possible, help them with specific techniques that apply to their ideas, and emphasize that mistakes can be very productive.
I teach occasional one or two day workshops from my Boston studio. Each has a different theme or project. I also teach workshops outside my studio at various places such as art centers, clay studios, or schools. These usually are more related to my personal work, with discussion of how I follow a path of ideas, how my personal philosophy and motivations have evolved over many years of working in clay, demonstrations of techniques I use in my own work, and a PowerPoint presentation showing work by other artists who approach the subject of nature in a different way than I do.
Please contact me if you are interested in taking a workshop, or if you have a venue where I could present a workshop.