My interest in turning began in 1980 after a boat-building venture with my husband introduced me to woodworking. Unschooled in the “wood arts”, I was drawn to the lathe because turning presented an array of creative possibilities, but within the safe confines of one machine with certain limits.
Boatbuilding also gave me another medium – epoxy, which I use extensively as both a decorative and a structural element. Epoxy has allowed me to create many new forms and effects, and to test those limits usually placed on lathe-work.
In the past decade, my work has evolved through several stages, from platters to sculptural forms to vessel forms – all using, to some degree, my technique of cutting and reassembly. Although nature has long been an inspiration, I have recently become interested in using design principles to bring a more classic, cultured look to my vessels. Inspiration for the black and white work began with a book of vintage and contemporary handbags. I felt the bold designs and strong geometrical elements would work well in a turned vessel, using line, contrast and texture to create the compositions. Although similar in format, each vessel is different and named to reflect the “personality” I see in it.