With my “Impression” plates, I attempt to address issues that concern or attract me. At times searching for answers, other times asking questions. In early plates I explored my interest in science and technology, and their impact on our society. I impress the soft clay with objects, creating contemporary fossils. They are then stained black. The contents of each plate are meant to "serve up" commentaries or provoke observations of the ideas, decisions and developments that impact and leave an "impression" on our society. Since 2006 I have addressed subjects as varied as: global climate change, extinction level events, war, politics and the role of play in our lives.
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This piece "Nation Building" won first place at "Clay On the Wall" at Texas Tech Univ. in 2008
These 4 pieces were in the 2010 NCECA Invitational Exhibition, "Earth Matters"
These 6 pieces were in the 2012 NCECA Invitational Exhibition "Push Play" in Seattle. They are in the Virginia Mason Medical Center permanent collection.
These 4 pieces were made for the "Build Or Bust" workshop at Rat City Studios in Seattle, in 2017. Deb Schwartzkopf invited a group of artists to work together for a weekend. So I made 16 plates to commemorate it.