Worn under Medieval armor, chain mail is made of tiny
interlocking metal rings designed to protect a body
in motion. I use the chain mail pattern and other woven
patterns to create ceramic works that conjure up a sense
of permanence and defensive concealment. Like the ancient
armor, my pieces are made of a fabric of moveable interlocking
rings. Using clay to make a protective mesh is contradictory;
for how can it defend anything, much less itself? Visually
stone-like, the pieces appear strong and impenetrable,
belying their inherent fragility.
long after I was born in 1967, my parents moved us from
New York City to a farm in northwestern New Jersey.
There we played in the mud, went to school and rode
our horses barefoot and bareback into the pond. Until
the age of 12, we also lived for half of every year
undergraduate degree at Rutgers University was in math.
Love of math was not enough to invent new ideas in this
field - unfortunately for me that also required genius.
The discovery that I could be far more creative with
clay than with math came to me during my last year of
college and I have been proving it ever since.
of my ceramic knowledge comes from other artists, books
and the many residencies that have provided me with
a supportive and well equipped environment. They include:
Hunter College in NYC, Anderson Ranch in CO, Greenwich
House Pottery in NYC, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts
in ME, Chester Spring Studio in PA and University of
the Arts in PA.