Fired paper clay, glazes, underglazes, mixed media.
19″t x 12″w x 9″d
Four feet stand on a mushroom shaped base. Colors are red, orange, purple, gray, yellow, maroon. Part of the “house” series of the 1990’s and 2000’s.
I have worked on the theme of the house off and on since 1994 when my husband and I undertook to build our own house. These pieces communicate on many levels. Everyone loves to explore other houses to learn more about those who live there, and this sense of finding a hidden story animates these sculptures. I feel the house image is a metaphor for the inner self and aspects of ourselves we discover through life events.
The clay sculptures in this series, built with slab, coil and pinched methods, are intensely colored and varied in size and shape. I fire each piece several times at a variety of temperatures and use many methods to achieve the surfaces, which vary from bright to subtle colors; rich buttery surfaces to dry-velvety or bubbly, cracked, and cratered effects. Considering these are images of buildings, they show unusual movement: They sway, dance, rock on their foundations, fly, sail, ride on the backs of animals or in a death cart, and have stairways to the roof.