When I was a child my greatest excitement lay in the natural world around me. On the ranch where we lived in Northwestern Wyoming, there was a spring that contained a marvelous natural clay. From its ice cold depths, I gathered handfuls in a tin bucket, took it home and began my first small sculptures in clay. In those days my mother cooked on a wood fired stove that had a large baking oven in which I fired my first small figures. I recall the excitement of seeing the color of the clay when it came out of the oven...the sculptures looked very old, like ancient artifacts. Art now held another dimension: time. I was hooked and couldn’t get enough...the future held many things.
All sculpture made from clay or wax, inevitably leads to a permanent medium. In my case I have cast all my large works in bronze and many small works in sterling silver or gold.
The above work entitled “The Fog Woman” was cast in silver and fashioned into a pendant with paua shell background and hung from a Navajo pearl neclace.
“The Buffalo Jump Studios”
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