He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.
-St. Francis of Assisi
Working with my hands to create something both beautiful and meaningful has always been my life’s passion, and is an essential part of what defines me. Sculpting with clay is a powerful and liberating experience. It allows me to combine my love of two-dimensional art media with the tactile quality that three-dimensional form embodies. As I do so, I feel free to draw from the world of my imagination as well as from the sensual world.
The fuzzy boundary between art and craft is one that has always intrigued me; art often involves craftsmanship and craft often involves beauty. In my ceramics, I aim to incorporate both. I strive to hone my technique and refine my forms while imbuing my pieces with what is dear to my heart.
In my artwork, I celebrate the beauty of the natural world. I am motivated, in particular, by the flora and fauna of my childhood home. Butterflies, flowers, fruits, birds and insects are recurring motifs in my work. On my ceramics, I layer colored slips and glazes, often in a painterly application, in order to mimic nature’s vivid colors. I frequently use a functional piece such as a pitcher as the foundation on which to build sculptural elements. The surface then becomes a canvas for painting or printing. It’s this versatility of clay that I find particularly appealing.
In addition to my work as a studio artist, I am fortunate to have a wonderful job teaching art and ceramics at a prestigious girls school in NY city. Not only am I able to do what I love, I am forever enriched and energized by the creativity and joy of my students.