At age twenty-one, after
living a sheltered life in my home in Lima, Peru, I had the notion
to go to Europe to study jewelry design. My parents supported me
in what seemed a promising and exciting career in the art field
in Rome, Italy. I lived abroad for a year learning to solder silver
to silver but discovered this was not my call. Disgusted, I traveled
to Africa where I had some very interesting experiences but none
enhanced my knowledge of jewelry design. I later returned to Peru
defeated, and none the wiser in the art field.
In 1968 I married an American
and moved to the US. I am now an American citizen and proud of it!
I have two incredibly wonderful, smart and loving children (Cynthia
and Rob), and I am happily married to my second husband, Charles.
We live in a lovely wooded setting in Raleigh, North Carolina, where
I have my studio.
I started making pottery,
about 25 years ago and took a leave of 15 years because I had expressed
everything I wanted to say in clay. I devoted time to pen and ink
drawings and making prints. Six years ago I was introduced to Raku
firing, fell in love with it, and for a period of four years avidly
worked sculpting in clay. I combined the coil, pinching, and the
stone and wooden slab methods to build my pots; I used the wheel
only for glaze testing. My designs were inspired by symbols, pottery
and jewelry of the past. I hand polished the stones I build into
my pots and incorporated textiles and small individually fired pieces
to my work. Besides the enjoyment I got from creating designs in
pottery, the main purpose of my work was to communicate some of
my feelings and thought processes. I used the symbols for life,
the elements, eternity, alchemy and other arcane concepts because
they are fascinating ideas that I needed to express in clay. I sold
my pieces only when I accumulated so many I could not comfortably
get around my workshop. Otherwise, I kept and studied them for other
ideas or improvements on their design.
Working with clay was a
most rewarding and meditative process. I am grateful for the opportunity
to work at a home studio in most pleasant and quiet surroundings
with people and creations I love.
In the year 2000 I undertook
the enjoyable task of hand painting silk yardage for designers and
creating whimsical spirit dolls. The latter was an effort to combine
my clay sculpting skills with the silk material created by me. I
would like to invite you to view the work above mentioned at : www.geocities.com/tokyo/2850
In 2002 my interest in
the human form led me to Lifecasting, an exciting branch
of sculpture. Although the technique I use makes an accurate impression
of the human body it offers countless possibilities for the manipulation
of form. I have done extensive research, cast many molds, and experimented
with paints and finishes.
Thanks for your interest
in my web page. I appreciate people who take their time to find
out about my work. Please feel free to email me if you have any
comments or questions. It is always nice to hear from you.