Artist Statement

I work primarily in clay, sometimes combined with other mediums such as concrete, wood, stone, and other organic materials. My work in the public realm consists of large-scale tile murals, sculpture, as well as permanently installed interior ceramic art. I use architectural brick and mortar methods, such as a concrete form covered in handcrafted tile, or tile adhered and grouted to a wall surface, and sculptural wall pieces designed for indoors and outdoors. My most recent public art piece was made with raw clay and mulch, a temporary earthwork labyrinth with a fired ceramic totem in the center, intended to erode into the earth over time. I am constantly experimenting with new forms and approaches to my work, and usually include ceramics or clay because of my attraction to the traditional processes and hands-on approach as a maker. I’ve been exploring ceramics and handcrafted tile for years, using various clay hand-building techniques such as pressing, stamping, drawing and carving into the clay; I mostly use terra cotta clay, occasionally stoneware or porcelain. I hand paint multiple layers of glazes onto the clay to emphasize the surfaces, and fire my work in an electric kiln.

I find inspiration in travel, culture, architecture, and nature. Textures and patterns are prevalent in my work and I tend to combine surfaces such as stylized floral motif, with natural textures like wood grain or stone, to create a contrast of design elements. I’m interested in simplicity of form, the meditative qualities of clay, and the beauty found in nature. My approach to custom designed work with a client or community group is to incorporate their style or culture into the design, and tie in with the surrounding architecture and other elements.

Examples of my work can be found in various Indianapolis public areas, like the Downtown Canal Walk, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful headquarters, and other local businesses; hospital collections include Community North, St. Elizabeth, and Simon Cancer Center; and my community-based public art can be found at The Childrens Museum, IPS, Monon Trail at the Deaf School (ISD), and more.