I’ve spent 2/3rds of my life working as a graphic designer, now freelance for the last 23 years. One thing about my work is that it all takes place on a computer, and there’s no creative balance in that. Because I absolutely need to work with my hands, I have adapted a number of creative outlets over the years that allow me to put all the visual experience I’ve developed as a designer into hand-making pursuits.
I did “inner pottery” for many years before I decided it was something I needed to learn about. Since about 1998 I’ve been throwing and hand-building functional ware and have sold many pieces through galleries and my own annual studio sale. Now I have a beautiful oasis of a back yard with a very efficient little studio, and a great place to have visitors for the Studio Tour. The view is sweet, the space is inviting and I hope to share my Moab-inspired ceramics all around.
A few years back I started making little thrones from the cages of champagne/bubbly bottles. By enlisting everyone I know to save their cages for me, I now have a good collection of cages which I turn into tiny furniture. My chairs are mostly created with found objects, but particularly old jewelry that’s been taken apart and repurposed to make completely non-functional fun.
More recently I started creating collage art mirrors. They are a meditative diversion for me and another great way for me to keep my hands and visual mind busy. These are made with paper scraps, art images, textures, fabric, buttons, beads, wood, metal, and just about anything I can get my hands on. My husband, Greg MacDonald, has generously allowed me to cut apart some of his old calendars for my collages. Each are one of a kind and filled with innuendo.
Come by our studio on September 2nd or 3rd. Greg and I are looking forward to meeting new people interested in art.