Artwork > Toys & Dolls

At the core of my work is the desire to both reveal and conceal familial selves, housed/ sheltered in various bodies--architectural, corporal, or that meeting ground between the human and its abstraction--the doll.

I imagine that the dolls and stuffed toys that I create in clay have a life of their own. Like a child who gathers her objects for play, or a collector who avidly amasses and fills her home with precious objects, I fill my studio with inanimate others whose distorted features reflect myself.

For the last five years, I have also been transforming some of my childhood toys into Haniwa-like Guardians. Drowned in slip, then covered in glaze, they are fired and become immortal watchers.

Bessie Has No Dressie
Earthenware, underglaze, glaze
24 x 15 x 4
porcelain, underglaze, glaze
7 x 3 x 3"
urns, raggedy ann, holly hobby , stuffed animals; porcelain
Porcelain, Glass, Glaze
each 7 x 3 x 3"