"When I work on freestanding horse figures, I start by extruding long hollow shapes and throwing closed forms on a wheel. When the clay has lost some moisture, I cut and tear the thrown and extruded parts, reassembling them at this stage to form the legs, haunches, shoulders, belly, neck and head of the horse. I work intuitively with the parts, altering them in a somewhat random manner, allowing the pieces to contribute to the shape and posture of the animal."
"The piece is built from the ground up. Evidence of the ceramic process, the surface of the extrusions, the finger marks in the wheel thrown parts, the character of the clay when it is cut and torn is an important part of the piece. I am interested in allowing the evidence of the ceramic processes to be prominent in describing the physical attributes of the animal. My goal is for the viewer to have a sense of how the sculpture evolved as well as the energy involved in the building process."
"Movement and gesture are emphasized through linear elements derived from the intersections of forms within the figure as well as those found in the silhouette. Mass and volume are described by both form and negative space. The surface is treated with slips, stains, and glazes with concern for allowing the building processes to show."
"Often I look at a finished work and am surprised. The combination of each separate decision becomes larger than the sum of those decisions. There are forms I could not have imagined as a unit, yet they evolve from my hands and consciousness. Because I am focused on the process and decisions that I make one at a time, when I step back and see the entire piece, I have a feeling of seeing it for the first time."
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