This is the" Vision of the Goddess of the Sky and Winged Creatures." She is one of my personal pantheon of Goddesses of Nature. Being fascinated from a very young age by the legends of the Greek Gods and Goddesses, I read every book I could find in the grade school library. I loved the gigantic personalities of these characters and the fantastic powers over the forces of Nature. When my clay work began to evolve in the direction of faces, figures and busts, it was only a matter of time 'til it occurred to me to personify the spirits of the earth and sky as they appeared in my own mind.
The Goddess of the Sky began with a study of wings and feathers. As I began work on her face and the structure of the neck and shoulders, I knew that she needed to be looking upward. Then, not only looking upward, but stretching and straining... a certain amount of tension involved... because I then realized that she saw something, so her expression had to reflect that vision. The vision from the sky is bright, almost blindingly so. Her eyes are narrowed, but she stares directly into the brightness of her vision, straining to see as she brings her power of divination to bear. Her lips are parted in wonder as she glimpses the mysteries being revealed. Even I do not know what it is she sees, only that it is very powerful and compelling.
I work very intuitively. Starting with a raw idea or concept, I usually have only a vague, nebulous collection of ideas to begin. As I set up the structure of the sculpture, the vision becomes more real and solid in my mind... the elements I want to use, the overall look of the form... the attitude of the head, the expression and shape of the face all start to become more solid in my imagination. One part of the design is confirmed, leading to the next and the next element. Until I get my hands on the clay, I am never sure exactly what the end result will be. My way of working is to be guided by my instincts and to let the flow of ideas take me where they will. The evolution of ideas, shapes, forms, technical challenges, and design elements constantly circulate through my mind until connections start to be made
Part of the work involves the technical aspect of constructing a complex ceramic structure, i.e., if I want wings as part of the head dress, I have to figure out how to make them stay put. It actually takes a great deal of strategic planning to make sure that the addition of each piece is successful. It is a good thing that I like a challenge. I have never been satisfied with using clay in a conventional manner and have always pushed the limits of the medium in exploring my own artistic vision.
Spirits of the Earth, Sky, Ocean, Winds, Nebulae, Stars, Trees, Fruit, Flowers; Shamans and Magicians; Mythological Beasties and all connections with Nature, Spirit, Transformation and Imagination all cycle through my mind, combine and coalesce into my art.