Upcoming Shows and Events
Recent Shows and Events
BLINDED BY SCIENCE
August 1 - September 14, 2013
Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, MA
A section of my Dark Garden installation was shown as part of Blinded by Science, a group show that featured the artwork of five women, all of whom are inspired by scientific ideas.
DARK GARDEN, an installation of my newest ceramic sculpture
February 2 - May 19, 2013
Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA
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 also incorporate into the clay textures of trash. 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.
SCIENCE AS MUSE
April 5 - 28, 2013
The Clay Studio, 139 North Second Street, Philadelphia, PA
The Clay Studio hosted Science as Muse in conjunction with the 2013 Philadelphia Science Festival. This exhibition featured the ceramic work of contemporary ceramic artists whose work is conceptually driven by a facet of science and that explores scientific topics relevant to daily life and contemporary critical issues.
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.