This idea was born from my love of Nature. The sphere and other natural shapes created by Nature have held my attention … well, since forever. Perfect forms falling from trees, pristine & fresh, bursting and sometimes sprouting, sometimes leaving behind a shell of what they were as they moved on in this world to do whatever it is that Forms in Nature do.
Ohh … the possibilities are endless and working with clay, especially Porcelain, allows me the freedom to create & build delicate forms that mimic the strength and frailty of Nature.
This is the first step in building my sculptures. I begin with tree bark to create that organic texture on the surface of an orb. Once I have that form built, the porcelain needs to rest. I refer to it as “moisture management moments.” It has taken me a long time to “read the clay.” There is no substitute for experience.
Step 2: I fire them in my kiln.
Step 3: I glaze and fire them a second time. This batch is white glaze on the outside. I leave the inside unglazed.
Step 4: Apply 24k gold leaf.
The results … golden orbs. Delicate and strong. Pristine, bursting with energy & light. Pure magic, just as Nature intended them to be.