Personal Statement

Work by J.T. Abernathy

Work by J.T. Abernathy

My interest in natural resources and soil science led to my interest in working with clay as an art form.  In the mid seventies, I had the opportunity to work for J.T. Abernathy, a local icon who reformed ceramics from functional craft status to art-for-its-own-sake status.   I was exposed there to a wide range of ideas and learned to master the basic skills, and still enjoy talking with J.T. at the Potter’s Guild.  This inspired me to complete a master’s degree in fine arts to further explore the possibilities and refine techniques to build on what I was doing in the workshop.

 

 

Work by Peter Voulkos

Work by Peter Voulkos

Peter Voulkos, who is known for his abstract expressionist ceramic sculptures, has been a significant influence.  His work is bold and represents a combination of freedom, earthiness and discipline that speak to me.   De Kooning, Picasso and Matisse are the painters whose work inspires me most.  As much as I like the color and emotional content of the abstract expressionists, I also like the approach of the minimalists, where the  emphasis is on the materials in the works rather than the symbolism.

I attempt to combine these ideas from painting with clay and materials in ceramics to portray experiences from the world around us.

 

 

 

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