3101 Churchhill Road, Raleigh, NC 27607
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In 1972, I received a BFA from Ohio University with majors in clay and art education. I continued my education at SUNY Oswego, NY, earning art education certification and concentrating on sculptural fiber forms, mostly knitted. I also continued my education informally with teachers around the country at workshops, conventions and craft centers such as Penland. I have taught elementary school art since 1974, working at Heartwood Montessori School in Cary since 1997. For most of my art career, I wove and sold sculptural, Appalachian-style baskets and forms using materials collected from the natural environment such as willow, grapevine, and honeysuckle. Having always maintained my interest and involvement with clay, I shifted my work back in that direction over the last few years, discovering a fascination with emotions and the human face.
My masks are hand-sculpted from clay, each one unique. After bisque-firing them, I frequently cold-finish them with paint, starting with a coat of black, then bronze, then colors. Some are traditionally glazed. Many of the faces are meditative. Since moving to North Carolina, my work has changed. Weaving materials are different, and there are more opportunities to work in clay. I have moved forward in my technical abilities in clay. I have followed a need to move away from basketry to formats that allow more emotional and expressive content to emerge. The spiritual qualities of my work have become more pronounced. I work in series, following a theme and variation format.
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