I draw and sculpt directly on clay vessels while observing a live model in an effort to capture raw human emotion.
Striving to show the essence of people in my work motivates me. In an effort to capture raw human emotion, I draw and sculpt directly on clay vessels while observing a live model. The model and I work as a team, determining and adjusting poses to best describe the emotion that I have selected. The models bring experiences and attitudes with them and these model’s experiences are revealed through the form and imagery on my vessels.
I use a series of actions to create one emotion. For each emotion, the model shows the beginning, middle and end action of that particular emotion. I use trained dancers as models because of their ability to be expressive and hold demanding poses. Clay, and especially vases, are a great medium to display multiple views of human emotion, because the vase is figurative and has many sides to tell the story. In using vessels as my canvas, I am following the tradition of Ancient Greek and Italian Renaissance ceramic artists with figures circling their vases.
Like every human emotion, the ceramic process I use involves many layers. For each layer I observe the model in the same pose during several sessions. During the first session, I alter the raw clay vessel to emulate that emotion, next I draw the figure with liquid wax, finally I paint the figure with overglaze. Building the figure with layers while directly observing the model helps me create images that are raw, expressive and show only the most essential gestures