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Leaves arranged in a circular pattern

Our eyes constantly remind us that the created world is multi-patterned, organized geometrically. From pine cones and the seed heads of sunflowers, to frost crystals on a cold windowpane, we respond to these natural forms because they’re so familiar. In my bio-geometrical pieces, I emulate some of these patterns found in nature, setting up a diagonal path that follows the outside of the piece and leads to the top, to the interior. I cut through the wall of the pieces, pushing in and pulling out, then sealing the gaps created by bringing more clay to the inside. The patterns then become three dimensional tessellations, smaller or larger depending on where they fall on the vessel form.

In the Old Testament, the patriarch Jacob has a dream in which he see’s a bridge between heaven and earth, on which the angels walk up and down, connecting the material world and the heavenly sphere. “Jacob’s Ladder” has been a subject for artists ever since, including William Blake. In my “bio-geometrical” pieces, I use the patterns created to suggest a movement up to the top, to the inside, so it becomes for me a sort of “Jacob’s Ladder”. But this path is not just up to a supposed heaven above. It is a path to the inside, to an ineffable interior, a journey of consciousness rather than just a journey “up.”

William Blakes painting of Jacobs Ladder

Bio-Geometry Pieces

Rain Bands 2 - Textured Blue Ceramic Pot

Rhythm in Thirds 2

12" X 9", Glazed Stoneware
Rain Bands 2 - Textured Blue And Green Ceramic Pot

Rain Bands 2

7" x 11", Glazed Stoneware
Terraced Luminecence - Textured Green And Blue Ceramic Pot

Terraced Luminescence

8.5" X 8.5", Glazed Stoneware, Available at Galerie Wolfsen in Aalborg, Denmark
Mossy Periderm 3 - Textured Green And Blue Ceramic Pot

Mossy Periderm 3

9.5” X 8.5”, Glazed Stoneware, Available at Galerie Wolfsen in Aalborg, Denmark
Journey To The Source 4 - Textured Blue Ceramic Pot

Journey to the Source 4

13.5” X 10.5”, Glazed Stoneware, Available at Galerie Wolfsen in Aalborg, Denmark
Flying To The Inside 9 - Brown And Cream Ceramic Pot

Flying to the Inside 9

12” X 10.5”, Glazed Stoneware, Available at Galerie Wolfsen in Aalborg, Denmark
After The Rain - Brown And Blue Ceramic Pot

After the Rain

14" X 8.5", Glazed Stoneware, Available at Galerie Wolfsen in Aalborg, Denmark
Terraced In Green - Turquoise Ceramic Pot

Terraced in Green

10.5" X 9", Glazed Stoneware, Available at Galerie Wolfsen in Aalborg, Denmark
Trebling The Bass - Blue Ceramic Pot

Trebling the Bass

11.5" X 11.5", Glazed Stoneware, Available at Galerie Wolfsen in Aalborg, Denmark
The Forest Within - Cream Colored Ceramic Pot With Forest Painted On Panels

The Forest Within

15" X 10", Glazed Stoneware, Fired-on Laser Decals, China Paint
Expanding Seedpod - Rust Colored Ceramic Pot

Expanding Seedpod

8" X 9.5", Glazed Stoneware, Available at Galerie Wolfsen in Aalborg, Denmark
Mossy Periderm - Green-blue Ceramic Pot

Mossy Periderm 2

8" X 7", Glazed Stoneware, Private Collection
Magnolia (Tree Of Life) - Cream Colored Ceramic Pot With Tree Painted On Panels

Magnolia (Tree of Life)

12" X 12", Glazed Stoneware, Fired-on Laser Decals, China Paint
Floating Spiral - Blue Ceramic Pot

Floating Spiral

8" X 9.5", Glazed Stoneware, Available at Galerie Wolfsen in Aalborg, Denmark
Fire - Rust Colored Ceramic Pot With Orange, Blue, And White Accents

Fire!

13" X 8", Glazed Stoneware
Mossy Periderm - Blue-green Ceramic Pot

Mossy Periderm

9" X 8", Glazed Stoneware, Available at Galerie Wolfsen in Aalborg, Denmark
Vines - Turquoise Ceramic Pot

Vines

12" X 8", Glazed Stoneware, Available at Galerie Wolfsen in Aalborg, Denmark
Staccato Waltz - Blue Ceramic Pot

Staccato Waltz

12" X 9", Glazed Stoneware, Private Collection
Rhythm In Thirds - Blue Ceramic Pot

Rhythm in Thirds

12" X 12", Glazed Stoneware, Available at Galerie Wolfsen in Aalborg, Denmark
Autumn Snow - Rust Colored Ceramic Pot

Autumn Snow

9" X 14", Glazed Stoneware, Available at the Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri
Exoskeleton - Ceramic Pot

Exoskeleton

8.5" x 10.5", Glazed Stoneware, Private Collection
The Way Up Is The Way Down - Ceramic Pot

The Way Up is the Way Down

8" x 10", Glazed Stoneware, Private Collection
Landslide - Ceramic Pot

Landslide

7.5" x 9.5", Glazed Stoneware, Private Collection
From The Depths - Ceramic Pot

From the Depths

15" x 12.5", Glazed Stoneware, Available at Galerie Wolfsen in Aalborg, Denmark
Journey To The Source 3 - Ceramic Pot

Journey to the Source 3

14.5" X 10", Glazed Stoneware, Private Collection
Autumnal Shift - Ceramic Pot

Autumnal Shift

16" x 9", Glazed Stoneware, Available at the Gorelick Gallery, CPCC Harris Conference Center, Charlotte, NC
Storm Surge - Ceramic Pot

Storm Surge

16" x 10", Glazed Stoneware, Available at the Gorelick Gallery, CPCC Harris Conference Center, Charlotte, NC
Roiling Surf - Ceramic Pot

Roiling Surf

14.5" x 12", Glazed Stoneware, Available at the Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri
Wings - Ceramic Pot

Wings

23" x 14", Glazed Stoneware, Available at the Gorelick Gallery, CPCC Harris Conference Center, Charlotte, NC
Co-Opposition - Ceramic Pot

Co-Opposition

18" x 15", Glazed Stoneware, Available at the Gorelick Gallery, CPCC Harris Conference Center, Charlotte, NC
Rain Bands - Ceramic Pot

Rain Bands

10" x 8", Glazed Stoneware, Private Collection
Hurricane - Ceramic Pot

Hurricane

9" x 8", Glazed Stoneware, Private Collection
Parallelogram 5 - Ceramic Pot

Parallelogram 5

12" x 7.5", Glazed Stoneware, Private Collection
Parallelogram 4 - Ceramic Pot

Parallelogram 4

12" x 7.5", Glazed Stoneware, Private Collection
Parallelogram 3 - Ceramic Pot

Parallelogram 3

8.5" x 9.5", Glazed Stoneware, Private Collection
Parallelogram 2 - Ceramic Pot

Parallelogram 2

9" x 10", Glazed Stoneware, Available at the Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri
Parallelogram 1 - Ceramic Pot

Parallelogram 1

15" x 8.5", Glazed Stoneware with Stone Base, Available at the Gorelick Gallery, CPCC Harris Conference Center, Charlotte, NC
Tertile - Ceramic Pot

Tertile

8" x 9.5", Glazed Stoneware, Private Collection
Cardinal Directions - Ceramic Pot

Cardinal Directions

8.5" x 10.5", Glazed Stoneware, Available at Galerie Wolfsen in Aalborg, Denmark
Quintile - Ceramic Pot

Quintile

9" x 8.5", Glazed Stoneware, Private Collection
Stone Flower - Ceramic Pot

Stone Flower

8.5" x 12", Glazed Stoneware, Private Collection
Blue Trifecta - Ceramic Pot

Blue Trifecta

10.5" x 10.5", Glazed Stoneware, Private Collection
Outcroppings - Ceramic Pot

Outcroppings

8.5" x 10.5", Glazed Stoneware, Private Collection
Pinwheels - Ceramic Pot

Pinwheels

12" x 10", Glazed Stoneware, Private Collection
Dervish - Ceramic Pot

Dervish

12.5" x 11", Glazed Stoneware, Private Collection
A Journey To The Ocean Inside 1 - Ceramic Pot

A Journey to the Ocean Inside

11.5" x 12", Glazed Stoneware, Artist's Collection
Autumnal Equinox 2 - Ceramic Pot

Autumnal Equinox 2

15.5" x 13", Glazed Stoneware, Private Collection
A Journey To The Ocean Inside 2 - Ceramic Pot

A Journey to the Ocean Inside 2

16" x 14.5", Glazed Stoneware, Platinum Luster, Available at the Gorelick Gallery, CPCC Harris Conference Center, Charlotte, NC
Flight Of The Hamsa - Ceramic Pot

Flight of the Hamsa

38" x 15", Glazed Stoneware, Gold Luster, Wax Encaustic, Gold Leaf, Private Collection
Autumnal Equinox 1 - Ceramic Pot

Autumnal Equinox

16.5" x 14", Glazed Stoneware, Private Collection
Journey To The Source 2 - Ceramic Pot

Journey to the Source 2

18" x 15", Glazed Stoneware, Private Collection
Refracted Journeys 1 Front - Ceramic Pot

Refracted Journeys 1

17.5" x 12" x 10", Glazed Stoneware with Gold Luster and Stone Base, Artist's Collection
Centrifugal Centripetal The Dark Night Of The Soul 2 - Ceramic Pot

Centrifugal/Centripetal: The Dark Night of the Soul 2

21" x 14", Glazed Stoneware with Gold Luster, Private Collection
Flying To The Inside Green Blue - Ceramic Pot

Flying to the Inside: Green/Blue

19.5" x 11.5", Glazed Stoneware with Stone Base, Available at the Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri
Flying To The Inside Stone - Ceramic Pot

Flying to the Inside (Stone)

23.5" x 12", Glazed Stoneware, Available at the Gorelick Gallery, CPCC Harris Conference Center, Charlotte, NC
Flying To The Inside 3 Forest - Ceramic Pot

Flying to the Inside 3 (Forest)

36" x 15", Glazed Stoneware, Gold Luster, Soapstone Base
Flying To The Inside 2 Water - Ceramic Pot

Flying to the Inside 2 (Water)

28" x 14", Glazed Stoneware on Stone Base, Available at the Gorelick Gallery, CPCC Harris Conference Center, Charlotte, NC
Flying To The Inside - Ceramic Pot

Flying to the Inside

27" x 16", Glazed Stoneware on Granite Base
He Becomes An Angel - Ceramic Pot

He Becomes an Angel

27" X 13.5", Glazed Stoneware, Wax Encaustic, 24 Karat Gold Leaf, Granite Base
Large Birds Morphing 2 - Ceramic Pot

Large Birds Morphing 2

11" x 13", Private Collection
String Theory Emerging From The Storm - Ceramic Pot

String Theory: Emerging from the Storm

10" x 14.5", Available at the Gorelick Gallery, CPCC Harris Conference Center, Charlotte, NC
Counterpoint 2 - Ceramic Pot

Counterpoint 2

15" x 11", Private Collection
String Theory Birds Morphing - Ceramic Pot

String Theory: Birds Morphing

9" x 13"
Effects Of The Moon - Ceramic Pot

Effects of the Moon

19.5" x 11.5", Available at the Gorelick Gallery, CPCC Harris Conference Center, Charlotte, NC
Continental Drift - Ceramic Pot

Continental Drift

11" x 12", Private Collection
Tsunami Chorus - Ceramic Pot

Tsunami Chorus

14.5" x 10"
A Gathering - Ceramic Pot

A Gathering

10" x 12", Private Collection
Unfolding 2 - Ceramic Pot

Unfolding 2

18" x 13", Private Collection
An Ocean Of Fire - Ceramic Pot

An Ocean of Fire

20.5" x 11", Available at the Gorelick Gallery, CPCC Harris Conference Center, Charlotte, NC
In The Firmament - Ceramic Pot

In the Firmament

13" x 13", Private Collection
An Ocean Of Ice - Ceramic Pot

An Ocean of Ice

20" x 10", Porcelain with Matte Glaze and Wax Encaustic
Climbing - Ceramic Pot

Climbing

16" x 9", White Stoneware with Underglaze and Glaze, Private Collection
Flight 2 The Phoenix - Red Ceramic Vase

Flight 2: The Phoenix

18" x 10.5", Private Collection
Gold Before Blooming - Gold Ceramic Pot

Gold Before Blooming

12" x 13", Private Collection
Infinite Ocean - Ceramic Pot

Infinite Ocean

14" x 11", Private Collection
The Churning Of The Cosmic Ocean - Ceramic Pot

The Churning of the Cosmic Ocean

16" x 13", Porcelain, Gouache, Wax Encaustic
Entrance Exit 1 - Ceramic Pot

Entrance/Exit

14" x 11", Private Collection
Entrance Exit 2 - Ceramic Pot

Entrance/Exit 2

11.5" x 13", Private Collection
The Phoenix 2 - Gold Ceramic Vase

The Phoenix 2

13.5" x 9", Private Collection
Counterpoint 1 - Gold Ceramic Vase

Counterpoint

14" x 8.5", Private Collection
Waves - Blue Ceramic Vase

Waves

10" x 10.5", Artist's Collection
Embrace - Gold Ceramic Vase

Embrace

10" x 7", Artist's Collection
Unfolding - Gold Ceramic Vase

Unfolding

14.5" x 8.5", Private Collection
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