Against All Odds

Clay – 17″ tall. It took me a while to decide on a title for this sculpture. I first thought of “Flight”, but the piece is more about the struggle to rise up rather than the freedom of flight. There are so many different forces which hold us down — forces which tell us there […]

Torn Down but not Destroyed

Clay, 11″ We often face times in our lives when we have been torn down.  But, we are not destroyed.  There is life still hidden in the roots, and it will come back to live as tiny shoots… (This piece reflects a theme which has recurred over time through some of my drawings and sketches.) […]

Transformed by Hope

The butterfly has long been a symbol of transformation, beauty, freedom and grace. In particular, it speaks of a transformation at the deepest level — not just a change in outlook, or a vague “hopefulness”, or trite promises that, “things will get better somehow”, but being fundamentally different.

The Challenge

This piece was a bit of an experiment in terms of technique. I do not normally use armatures in my sculptures, partly because if the technical problems of the clay shrinking and cracking when you put it over a static structure, and partly because it’s harder for me to “see” what the piece is going to look like when I just have the bare wires in front of me.

Steam Punk (series)

October is “costume month”, so Erin came in her new “Steam Punk” outfit, complete with a modified Nerf machinegun… and the obligitory dark goggles. This was a 2 hour class, so we had a little more time on the sketches, especially the last one (20 minute sketch)

Between Hope and Fear

Hope only exists in the presence of fear, uncertainty or despair.  A muscle is only strengthened when it is working against some opposing force, so Hope becomes the place where we go to when we are threatened.  The threat need not be huge or catastrophic, but it must be something that forces us to pause, […]

The Struggle

This is a series which reflects on the struggles which all of us face in our lives.  The struggle may be great or small, profound or trivial, secret or public; but the reality is that none of us live without it.  In a sense, our lives would be small, boring and largely meaningless if we […]

Shattered

One of the realities of working with clay is… the fire. The interesting thing about this piece is that I did not set out intending to make a “Shattered” piece.  I was just making a figure.  I put a lot of time and thought and heart into it, but was assuming a pretty normal process […]

Testing the Clay

Watching the stars… This was actually a “test” piece.  When I originally bought the kiln and clay from a friend who was retiring from working with clay, there was one unidentified block of clay. I found that it fired to a rich, semi-gloss brown. I have tried to identify that particular clay body so I […]

The Gift

We often hear people speak of great artists as “gifted” individuals. I have even heard people use that term to describe my abilities in art. I’ve wondered about the deep implications of having a gift, and what impact that has on the way I practice my art. First: a gift is something which is given. […]

The Artist in Community

The concept behind this piece — as a single piece, and not just ten little sculptures — is the way God has created us, as individual artists, to live and operate in community. … As God has created each of you, and molded you through your life experiences, He has made a wonderful and unique person, every one of you beautiful in your own distinct way, standing on your own, with the gifts that only He could give.

My Sketch Book

Over the last several years, my sketch book has become one of those personal, somewhat “sacred” things in my life.  It has become my faithful companion, recording words, pictures, abstract shapes, emotions, truth, pain, practice, sketches of people at airports and on the subway in Prague.  I’ve gotten so I hardly go anywhere without it […]