I have long felt that in order to keep the soul of an artist, I must create sculptural works in additional to fashioning functional pottery. The Pinto Pottery Artist Series reflects my commitment to clay as a sculpture medium.
Inspiration and influences have taken me down different paths for the past 20+ years. For long periods of time I study subjects intensely. For the past few years I have explored work that expresses the confluence of male and female forms in a series called “Fertility Pod.” I also returned to creating large three-legged vessels dubbed “Soul Servings”, whose scale and surface decoration move them past functioning solely as utilitarian objects.
In the past two years I’ve seen my work take on a more lyrical quality and lightness. I can see how the edges of my Artist Series and One-of-aKind pieces have become smoother. Hints of vibrant color here and there are playing a larger role in my functional pottery. Bring on 2014, I’m anxious to see where my desire to create takes me next.