Badlands Ceramics Series

I am inspired by the dramatic landscapes of the Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Its raw landscapes span layered rock formations, steep canyons and towering spires.  Much of the landscape’s magnificence comes from the banded coloring of the minerals found in the stratified hillsides that yield fossilized dinosaur bones and other long vanished creatures. The shifting colors of the hills that change from dawn until dusk under dramatic skies lit by natural phenomena such as storms and sunsets provide the rich color schemes for my ceramics.  

I am getting a lot of entertainment mileage by throwing porcelain in an intuitive manner to create surfaces that mimic the eroded bentonitic clay hills that form the hallmark features of the Badlands. The spontaneity that I am relying on to keep things interesting in my work is a driving force for this series.
Badlands Ceramics Series