The materials include: Recycled Paperclay, encaustic paint, lampwork glass and found objects.
This is the first Curiosus. I made this in 2012-13. Previous to this my artwork was typically functional pottery. In the past I have experimented with many ways to explore clay in a way that challenges the user to recognize pottery as art.
City living makes function and space a palpable premium. Baltimore City has many wall space opportunities for an artist. These necessities have led to multiple inventions of putting claywork on a wall. Over time, this led to the invention of my wall art series.
When I first conceived of this new direction for my work it was necessary to learn several techniques in order to achieve my vision. First online research on the formulations for paperclay. Many experiments were involved in creating a glaze that would appear to be lichen; membership in The Potter's Guild of Baltimore was a resource for glaze chemistry. I then attended a lampwork glassmaking class at CCBC. Finally a workshop on encaustic painting at School 33.
This first piece is a Curiosity Cabinet that holds a memory. The staggering beauty of a walk in the woods in Winter is most stunning because it is so transient-ultimately mortal. Lampwork glass icicles and red berries coated in 'ice' are also made of glass-impossible souvenirs from nature. Bones and shells are beautiful, but also reminders of mortality.
In the last four photos are of older works that demonstrate some of the permutations and ideas that developed into Curiosus.