Thesis Work, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

After I returned from Turkey I created a body of work inspired from the landscape in Cappadocia and the colors of the buildings in "old town". In the process of building ceramic sculptures, I enjoy working with clay on the edge of flexibility and collapse.  Forms are not per-conceptualized, but rather are built as an evolving conversation between my intention, clay's intrinsic materiality, and gravity.


These large ceramic sculptures, usually measuring over 30 inches, are made with earthenware clay and fired in an electric kiln to cone 04.

I imagine my pieces as being living in, relating to architectural spaces, intimacies of passageways opening to sacred spaces, eroded canyons, and the human body conceptualized as a landscape.  I am interested in how light and shadow dictate our movements, how they affect the physical sensation in our body as we maneuver through interior spaces and natural landscapes. 

My intent is to create objects that elicit, as the viewer's eye explores the form, a similar corporeal (or psychological) sensation to powerful physical spaces.  It is important to me that each work encourages the viewer eye to move around the work, therefore there is not a "back" or a "front".  By limiting visual entry to enclosed volumes, evoke mystery and intrigue, and most importantly, the imagination.

Here is an example of 5 images from the same ceramic sculpture.