Trash Plates and Trash
All of these pieces are inspired by the French Renaissance potter, Bernard Palissy. His large ornamental plates and platters were decorated with the flora and fauna of his immediate environs, often cast from live specimens. My plates include things I pick up on walks, then recreate in clay. I think of them as portraits of a place in time, where things that have been thrown away regain value through processes of observation and making.
Covid plate, aka Fuck 2020
The unnatural colors and outrage of discarded plastic gloves and masks ending up at the bottom of the ocean. Re-made in clay, they become hosts and habitats to other organisms, recolonized, repurposed. No tomb should be without a covid plate as immunization in the after life.
Never forget the last four years!
Gloves and mask, hydrox cookies, virus balls/pods, worms, straws, shells, Mar-A-Lago matches, pebbles…
No piece is attached, providing endless combining of vitrified debris play.