Former civil engineer turned artist. Received BFA in printmaking. I developed a nice tile clay body using the glacial clay from the inlet next to Anchorage. I sell mainly at the Alaska Native Heritage Center during the Summer. I also go outside, what Alaskans call the rest of the U.S., to large arts and crafts fares.
Six-inch Maple leaf and seed pod impression on Cook Inlet glacier clay, white slip, brown spray and brush, mason stains, clear glaze, cone 6 oxidation.
Alaska doesn’t currently have maple trees or other hardwood trees. It did before the most resent glacial ice age, but the glaciers took out all of the state’s trees except the willow. Many trees have returned since the receding of the ice caps, though not the hardwoods, yet. Maples will grow if you plant them, just not propagate. This impression is from a leaf down the block where I live in Anchorage Alaska.
6″ x 6″ x 3/8″ on Cook Inlet clay, multiglazed, cone 6 oxidation
Owls will stare for the longest time and then just wink. I liked the owl in “Walk Well My Brother” that led the pilot to the young Inuit girl who had walked off into the Tundra to die, from untreated tuberculosis.
Fox & Fish
8″ x 8″ x 3/8″, Cook Inlet glacier clay, multiglaze, cone 6 oxidation.
This design made it into Lark’s 500 Tiles that came out in 2008. The tile in the book has a clear copper glaze, whereas the tile in this post is multiglazed. I like to change the coloring or glazing of the tile over time. I guess the artist in me is always looking for something different, sort of like variety in uniformity. The plate used to make the tile is a matte board with different kinds of paper cut out and glued together with gesso and acrylic medium. Three thicknesses of paper were used: 300 lb., 140 lb., and 20 lb. The scales of the fish were cut from the 20 lb. printer paper (the scales in this photo are covered by an opaque blue glaze). It’s amazing that ink will collect in the edge of such a thin piece, but it also wears away pretty fast. This plate might be good for twenty or so printings on clay before it has to be remade.
Sedna is the Inuit Goddess of the Sea
8″ x 8″ x 3/8″, Cook Inlet Glacier clay, multiglazed, cone 6 oxidation.
A small sub planet was named after Sedna recently. A google search will turn up lots of stories related to Sedna. She is the mother of the whales, seals, and fish. If you see sea weed out at sea, they say it is Sedna’s hair. A young lady bought one of the Sedna tiles and told me how she drown as a little girl and some paddling guy saw this interesting looking sea weed and when he grabbed it, he pulled her up and was surprised, but he did revive her. Cool.
Four separate leaf impressions, each 4″ x 4″ x 3/8″ on Cook Inlet glacier clay with crystalline glazes. Cone 6 oxidation. I pick the leaves from the local dog park in Anchorage where I walk our American bull dog. The leaves are set on a square matte board and a firm, but still pliable, slab of clay is laid on top. Both are run through my old fashion etching press. It’s amazing how much detail the clay retains of the leaf, even the veins show up.
$30 per 4″ tile.
6″ x 6″ x 3/8″ multiglazed, Cook Inlet glacial clay, cone six oxidation. Caribbean sea green background. This is one village’s tale of why night follows day. The fox is the moon and the hare is the sun and they are in this continuous chase through the sky, so that is why night follows day. Done in the x-ray style common on the coast of western and northern Alaska.