As a collector (not a hoarder!) other peoples bits of work frequently find their way into my mosaics and sculptures. Through my teaching work I inherit many cast offs, gifts and accidental treasures which trigger the imagination and demand to be given life. Sometimes I hang onto a particular thing for ages waiting for that moment to happen. My art making in this sense is essentially collaborative though ultimately produced in my own intensely solitary time and space. Mosaics are my bower bird like distillation of the flotsam and jetsam of these years of accruing.
My ceramic mosaics are lyrical, figurative explorations which allow me to incorporate glass and other mediums along with found and up-cycled objects. This work combines the versatility inherent in the mosaic technique with the variability of surfaces from tabletops, to pots, to large styrofoam sculpted skulls, to picture and mirror frames, to walls and floors. No more crying over breaking a favorite bowl or tea cup!
If you wander into my workshop, apart from the disturbing mess you will find inspirational bits and pieces from all over the country like this lovely collection of doll’s heads