Frequently Asked Questions
How are your sculptures made?
My medium is ceramic clay, sculpted and fired in my
studio. I make each animal, accessory and decorative element individually
by handno two are ever the same, though similar themes may
Each completed piece, from the smallest mini to the
largest scenes that can include dozens of animals and components,
are truly one-of-a-kind. Turning my art into lamps for functionality
as well as beauty has been one of my specialties.
How long does it take you?
This is probably my most asked question and it's difficult
to answer precisely. Working with clay, especially when trying to
achieve great detail, is quite tedious and exacting. Of course,
it is just that challenge that I most enjoy!
There are many steps involved in the creation of each
piecesculpting, drying, painting, glazing, firings. It is
virtually impossible to calculate the time spent on one piece when
working simultaneously on multiple creations in varying stages of
In addition, I have always opted for quality over
quantity. I spend an amazing amount of time perfecting details.
This, of course, puts quite a limitation on the number of pieces
I do each year.
Where do you get your ideas?
These come quite easily from my everyday involvement
with the animal world. I jot ideas down in notebooks and I will
never get to them all. Although I repeat themes in varying ways,
I am constantly drawn to that which has never been done. Innovation
is the most fun of them all!
Do you do custom orders?
I had to stop taking custom orders years ago because
I couldn't keep up with them and also do the work that is expected
for my show. I now only do the occasional large commission, like
a complex theme lamp, but hope sometime in the future to be able
to do more.