ABOUT THIS WORK
My work is primarily about texture and color, using my sketchbook for documentation and exploration as a creative starting point. I use cloth and stitch to impart unique textures, both visual and literal, to my work. The quilted surface is my canvas of choice.
Inspiration for my vessels motif began as a color study. The color palette was tan, brown and ocher. My research revealed the origin of each color, and that ocher is an earth pigment, natural clay from the earth. These colors conjured ideas and images that sparked interest in clay subjects and vessel themes.
Monochromatic and neutral earth tones…color words reminded me of landscapes, nature, and earth. Ocher pigments are rich, deeply vibrant green, brown and gold; warm earthy tones of red, orange and yellow.
A motif of vases is the focus of interest and subject of my first series in this study. Molded, shaped, carved and cut from soft clay, thrown onto the potter’s wheel…fired in ovens giving strength and form.
A vessel is one who embodies ‘these’ qualities. It is what is stored inside that is important; what treasures are we storing up for God? Faith, love, salvation, redemption, atonement, praise, passion, glory, desire, dreams, gifts, charity.