LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
United States of America
I make work that investigates the balance between form and function exploring the subtle beauty of modern and Brutalist architecture. Each tower created becomes a visual reference to the stark architectural buildings that have inspired its form as well as a metaphorical reference to the philosophies inherent in designs for a social utopia.
My four Grandparents were all European emigres to New York in the early C20th and I grew up understanding the importance of the sharing of food, served at the table, as the place for storytelling, discussion, debate and the settling of issues. This tradition has continued literally, in my home in Cardiff with friends and neighbors as well as metaphorically through my designing and making of stacked tableware. The journalist, Christopher Beanland observed that 'you can't see your reflection in a brutalist building, because its design was not about the individual, it was about the multitude.'
creating thrown and stacked sculptural objects that when dismantled, become the
plates, bowls and vessels used to store, share and serve food and become the focus
of intimate meals, dinner parties and celebratory events the work comes into
its own and my interest in
food and architecture becomes clear.
Each individual piece is hand-thrown from a specially blended stoneware clay that has been developed to achieve a concrete colour and feel, and then meticulously sanded and polished to a smooth finish and high-fired for durability. Each deconstructed tower reveals an array of tableware exposing a variety of colourful satin matt glaze interiors.
I received my BFA in Ceramics from Alfred University and my MFA in Ceramics and mixed media sculpture from Pennsylvania state University. I moved to the United Kingdom in 1999 and have continued to work as both a practicing ceramic artist and educator. Based at Fireworks Clay Studios in Cardiff since 2000, I have exhibited nationally and internationally in both group and solo exhibitions, contributed to various publications, led workshops in schools and community groups and have undertaken residencies. I have also worked on a number of commissions including work for the British Television Series Sherlock Holmes and most recently for the Maggie Cancer Care Centre in Cardiff. I received an arts council development grant in 2005 and the Gold Medal for Craft and Design at the National Eisteddfod in 2016. I currently lecture in Fine art and Arts Health and Wellbeing at the University of South Wales and have done so since 2011.
WHO I AM
I am a practicing Ceramic Artist making functional sculpture, living and working in Cardiff, UK.
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