The Lace Works
Since I was a child I always loved the lace. I would look for pictures in the intricate weaving and find patterns that mirror the natural world. Tree branches, flowers, and spiderwebs would loop and curl before me, making a whole realm of possibilities. Lace is described as feminine, soft, ornate, and fragile, yet lace can represent whole time periods. Depending on the country of origin, the period, or the method of weaving, laces that look similar have very different imagery and forms. Some are more refined, while others are more vibrant and bold. One can follow the history of fashion and industry through the making and manufacturing of lace. From the medieval lace of kings to the lace on a Christian Dior gown, lace is a symbol of beauty, wealth, and tradition. Before machine made lace the specialized art of weaving lace was passed down in families for generations. And when lace became more easily manufactured by machine, designers and fashion houses began creating their own status symbols, unique patterns that only they use. The history of the lace is our history. For that reason, I impress lace into clay to create my plates.
Fabrics will fade, yellow, and fall apart but a ceramic plate lasts 10,000 years. By impressing the lace into clay, I create a fossil of that place, that object, that time, like putting a memory in stone and holding that beauty and moment. I create mementos, heirlooms that can last lifetimes.
I create a canvas of simple forms and shapes for my plates so that the lace is the focus of the piece. I then highlight the lace with a glaze. Certain glazes complement certain clays. The breaking of colorful glazes over the impressed lace pattern reveals and accentuates the natural surface and beauty of the clay underneath. Together the lace texture, clay, and glaze, form a unique piece that captures a moment in time.