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Sculpture: Ceramic, Pottery, Clay on Ceramic.
As a child I was free to explore my native landscape,the then undeveloped San Rafael foothills of Southern California, absorbed by the abundance of nature. As an adult, working with clay, I have found the ancient process of pit-firing best reflects that childhood feeling of amazement and excitement.
My pieces are placed in a pit on a beach in Cornwall, which I dig in the sand. Locally resourced wood and organic material is added and a bonfire is built on top. Metal sheets are placed over the pit and a furnace type environment is created; giving the ceramics a long, slow burn by the lapping waves and the blowing wind.
The following morning, the objects are removed from the pit. The patina on these sculptures pieces have been created as the flames and the smoke pass over the porous clay. In this union, no two pieces are the same.
Size: 11.8 W x 11.8 H x 3.9 in