In my fatherís garden is a one of a kind sculpture. My face is the top with the faces of my three sons at age four around the sides. This sculpture was my way of reflecting on how my boys have grown in a garden of joy that continues to cultivate love and understanding.
The New Mexico landscape has always been a source of inspiration for me. It now provides me the opportunity to excavate and process local Micaceous Clay. Since the thirteen hundreds Micaceous Stoneware has been the cookware used on local kitchen ranges.
Mica particles strengthen the clay body and insulate the walls for superior cooking performance. Food cooked in them takes on a rich flavor that is unlike anything cooked in a metal or cast iron pot. Because mica is an insulator, the handles and rims do not retain a great deal of heat. The pieces can be taken from the stove directly to the table for serving. There are now only a handful of artist using this clay.
It is important to me to let the clay show its organic nature. Each...
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