Deeply Rooted

Deeply Rooted (CoVID)

Some time ago, I attended a retreat with our OM Arts team. We spent four days, working through different activities, exercises, spending free times and meals together — the kinds of things you would expect for a team building retreat. One of the activities involved spending an extended time in individual prayer and listening, using […]

Arms and fingers and legs, oh my!

I have always been fascinated by how our arms and shoulders silently communicate our thoughts and emotions. Working with clay forces us to deal with the fact that the arms are the most slender feature of the body, and thus pose some serious technical issues

When We Cannot See

One of my first actual responses to the self isolation and “shelter at home” of the CoVID-19 crisis came as a simple image in my imagination — a blindfold.

Stepping into the Quiet

It’s impossible to ignore the impact of the recent CoVID-19 pandemic on our lives and the way we interact with the people we are used to having around us. As an artist, I am finding it equally difficult to ignore the impact of our current situation on my art and creative process.

The Dance of the Artists

In 2014, at the OM Arts, Incarnate School of Art and Mission in Italy, I began a personal tradition. I spent two weeks with the students (out of the three month program) as they worked, building a community of Christ following artists. My role was observer and mentor, coming along side them as they created […]

Beauty from Shattered Pieces

The sculpture, Shattered, didn’t start out as a particularly profound piece of art, but it took one of my most painful moments as an artist to turn it into a signature piece. More of that story here. I have participated in the Southern Hands Artists Studio Tour (SHAST) for several years.  I appreciate the space […]

Rest

Drawing dancers in their tutus, and the layers and layers of translucent tulle has always been a challenge for me … Trying to sculpt this in clay, … that was a technical challenge I had never been brave enough to attempt.

Beauty you hold in your hand

I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of the process of making cups and mugs.  However, people keep telling me how much they love the mug that I use for my coffee at work.  It’s a simple design, but with a deep brown and red glaze that interacted nicely with the little bit […]

Listening

I sat down in the studio the other day, with no specific image in my head, other than the desire to create a figure.  I started working from a life drawing I drew recently, and the pose with the tilted head began to emerge.  As I refined the figure, I saw her, tilting her head […]

What’s in a Name?

I have spent a great deal of time pondering the process of attaching a title to a piece. I wrote a post some time ago, bemoaning the title of “Untitled” which people sometimes use, and talking about the significance of a title as it becomes an integral part of the work, giving us a window […]

Through the Fire

There is something very ancient, even primal, about working with ceramics and the process of earth and fire. As much as I appreciate the advent of computerized controls on modern electric kilns and the ability to precisely control the firing profile, with the resulting high degree of predictability in the outcome of one’s work, I […]

What’s a Birthday?

Well, I made it.  Sixty. Not surprisingly, my Facebook page filled pretty quickly with birthday wishes from around the world.  Most were short, but some reflected people’s memories and wishes. Sara Ying was one of the fellow artists who left me a photo: What particularly moved me about this image, aside from the fact that […]