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Handbuilding, Inspiration, Sculpture

It is a very natural progression to move outside of the confines of the vase form for the images of the canyon. This has been a constant back and forth in my work, sometimes the figure, vase, bowl insists on its parameters and expression and the landscape aspect subsides a bit to those demands. So, then I seek the freedom of extended curves and edges. I look for the expression that these forms continue on, outside the immediate form. They are not confined to vase and vessel.

What I see in this piece is something more. I see the desire to bring the water back to the canyon. I want to fill the canyon with the blue green of lakes, or rivers and ocean inlets.

What we witness in the rock canyons is the fossil, of the time that was lush and forested as water wound its way through time and layers. At the Petrified forrest in Arizona, ancient trees, now glass-like rock, lie on the ground next to painted dioramas trying to convey that here, once, was a place like Muir Woods. The fossil beds tell us of ancient oceans.

My sense of things is more intuitive and as I carve out lines of wind and water into clay slabs, I feel the water that carved these spaces. I also want to connect to the universe, and the blue sky above is the color. Over the years I often chose these colors for the inside of sculptural pieces. I love the idea of the presence of water with its sense of fullness. It is a way to contrast the seemingly solid, dry, rock that can look from a side view like a thin carapace.

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