Sculptural works encompass a wide range of pieces including architectural forms, torso forms and nonfunctional bottle forms.
The architectural forms use thematic designs expressed in relief carving and painted surfaces. The forms are derived from religious reliquaries which were designed to hold significant artifacts. The themes are taken from a variety of cultural sources such as Hebrew, Egyptian, Tibetan, Indian, Japanese, Western, the American West, and modern art movements such as Surrealism and Pittura Metafisica. Other themes are generated from personal experiences and views, phrases from songs, or everyday concepts such as “two becoming one.”
The construction technique used in building the architectural forms consists of beginning with large slabs of clay which are measured, cut and assembled, much as a building would be built. At the leather-hard stage, the designs are drawn onto the surface, sculpted, then covered with an engobe (a colored clay slip). The piece is then allowed to dry completely and bisque-fired. Colored stains are then applied and the piece is fired again to 2300 degrees. Acrylic painting and gold leaf is often used to complete the work.
The torso forms begin much as the architectural forms, in that they begin with large slabs of clay. In order to create the curved shapes, smaller strips of clay are used to gradually build the female torso form. After the initial construction, additional modeling is done and sculptural designs are added, such as necklaces and the illusion of cloth. A base engobe is applied at the leather hard stage, then bisque-fired. Further stains are applied, then the piece is fired to 2300 degrees.
Inspiration for these works comes from historical and modern references to the human female form.
Non functional bottles are wheel-thrown works that are made with the bottle shapes in mind, but are more decorative in nature. They are not necessarily made to hold liquid. Often the openings are very small, and the emphasis is on the form, not the function as an object. Surface treatments range from a resist technique to the use of stains, glaze on glaze, and copper wire.