As a maker of hollowware, I use properties of the metal: the plasticity, the permanence and the dimensionality. As an enameler, I use properties of the glass: the preciousness, the surface qualities and the color. In my work these properties function together to make a whole, with the two materials complementing and completing each other, rather than one being visually more important than the other.
My work reflects my emotional response to my environment, often referring to landscape, body part or natural object. In the jewelry work and many of the bowl and container forms I am concerned with organic imagery. Some of the forms are based directly on plants, fish, fruits and other natural objects. The colors and enamel imagery are derived from natural objects as well because I find the natural modulations of color, texture and surface very appealing and very intimate.
In a world of laser cutters, CAD CAM, and 3-D printing, I am insistent on the value of the hand. Bowls are slightly asymmetrical, piercings have obvious drill holes and the enamel generally has a non-glossy surface. All these things contribute to the warmth and enticement of the pieces.