About The Processes
and Wings Studio: the
Sculpting in clay was my first Medium, begun with busts of my babies’ heads in my first clay class in 1969, and has always seemed natural for me. I relate to the energy and movement of the human body both as Yoga Teacher and Sculptor. I believe my years of figure drawing have been entrained kinesthetically; if I can see, I can draw; if I can draw, I can sculpt. I almost always do a suite of drawings from all angles before I sculpt.
Sometimes I build “additively”, starting with slabs of clay, and working over rudimentary armatures that I remove after the piece is finished. I then carve the inner walls of the piece to an even thickness. If the armature has been made of crumpled paper, I allow it to burn out in the kiln. Sometimes I work “subtractively”: starting with a large piece of clay and removing everything that is not part of the finished piece.
I’m learning how to reproduce my own sculptures. I make plaster press molds for simple pieces that have no undercuts, and have made silicone and rubber molds for more complex pieces, such as the 7 sculpted Chakras in The Heart of Matter© series.
My latest works are poured in a product that I have named ArtStone, patinaed to simulate rusted steel, or aged copper.
Arts Jewelry: the
I began making jewelry in l996 as miniature sculpture pieces. I am not a “bench jeweler”, and I am good at fabricating one-of-a-kind pieces. I enjoy etching, as it is so close to the art of drawing, and cast silver, because I love to carve the wax.
Many of my simple designs are of Australian and Maori Aboriginal pictographs that I put into copper, using the saw to create the line drawings in negative space.
I do some soldering, and prefer to rivet pieces together, so that the silver rivets become a contrast to the brass and copper, and part of the design.
Another media which I enjoy is repousse`, called by Native American artists of the 4-Corners area, “bump-up”; to me it’s another wonderful way to create small, wearable sculptures. My “Sun Worshipper” cuff bracelet, and “Sky Dancer” pin were originally created as repousse`, in which I heated and then hammered the design in metal. Thus I named my business “Sculpted Arts Jewelry”.