As an avid gardener who enjoys playing outside in the dirt, I now get to enjoy playing “inside” with dirt, in the form of clay; working at the McKinney Art Studio under the tutelege of Lisa LaBarge. I also have a dedicated studio in my backyard with a separate kiln shed that overlooks my husband’s roping arena. There, I incorporate my love of nature and gardening into my art. For example; many of the textured patterns found on my crosses come from imprints on clay taken from the bark of such trees as Cypress, Maple, Oak and Ponderosa Pine that grow on our property. I’m also learning how to solder my husband’s vintage lariat ropes as embellishments for my larger decorative bowls. I am a work in progress; enjoying both the wheel, hand building, and sculpting in my fourth year of this journey.
Aquamarine Cross, stoneware and porcelain, 17″ x 8″
Leaf Platter, food safe glazed stoneware, 19″ x 13″
Roping Bowl, stoneware and vintage soldered lariat rope, 12″
Raku Fired Cross, stoneware, 18″ x 9″
Embracing Penguins, paper clay sculpture, 18″
Seven Piece Stoneware Tea Set