Artist Statement:

 

My layered and wrapped sculptures symbolize the difference between intended and perceived communication.  When trying to convey meaning we sometimes fall short resulting in a divergence between what is said and what is heard.  My work represents this difference. 

 

From my early career as a musician and recording engineer to my more recent involvement with ceramic sculpture, I have always loved developing and fine-tuning the process.  After taking a sabbatical from music to complete my education and start a Silicon Valley business, I discovered ceramics at West Valley College.  The restoration of creativity and artistic process captivated my imagination.  My exploration of the ceramic surface drew upon my experience as a chemist.  My interest in Bay Area figurative was well suited to my interest in ceramic art.  I am fortunate to have studied with many outstanding ceramic artists who have helped me immensely.  I currently devote all my creative energy toward art.  

 

My work is low-fired clay formed around a detailed paper armature.  The work is sectioned and the armature removed before firing.  I develop and formulate my own glazes.

 

 

Education:

 

I have a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry with a Minor in Business Management.  I'm self educated in art through years of independant study.  I have taken classes at West Valley College and Foothill College. I have also attended multiple workshops and seminars.

 

Exhibitions and Awards:

 

2019 - San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, The 3rd Dimension, Juror's Award

2019 - Phantom Project 18, SLOMA PopUp Gallery

2018 - John Natsoulas Gallery, 30 Artist Show, CCACA conference

2017 - John Natsoulas Gallery, 30 Artist Show, CCACA conference

2016 - John Natsoulas Gallery, 30 Artist Show, CCACA conference

2016 - Amanda & Mark Danitschek Collaborative Show, Natsoulas Gallery

2015 - John Natsoulas Gallery, 30 Artist Show, CCACA conference

2014 - John Natsoulas Gallery, 30 Artist Show, CCACA conference

2014 - John Natsoulas Gallery, Small Works Show

2014 - The Artery, California Clay Competition

2014 - Blue Line Gallery, America's ClayFest, Roseville CA

2013 - Lark Books, 500 Prints on Clay

2013 - Santa Cruz Art League, Black and White Show, Honorable Mention

2013 - Blue Line Gallery, America's ClayFest, Roseville CA

2013 - ACGA National Clay and Glass Juried Exhibition, Brea CA

2011 - ACGA Artist's of California Book

2011 - The Artery, California Clay Competition, Davis CA

2011 - East Bay Clay Award, California Clay Competition, Davis CA

2011 - Santa Cruz Art League, Go Figure Show, Santa Cruz CA

2010 - The Artery, California Clay Competition, Davis CA

2009 - John Natsoulas Gallery, Small Works, Miniatures and Maquettes

2009 - Art Museum of Los Gatos, LGAA juried show, Second Place

2008 - West Valley College, Solo Student Show, Saratoga CA

2008 - Art Museum of Los Gatos, LGAA juried show, Honorable Mention

2006 - Art Museum of Los Gatos, LGAA juried show, Honorable Mention