Painting and drawings have always been an interest for me even before the pottery making started happening, to me drawing is the most basic starting point in any artistical endeavour. In my mid twenties, I attended Fullerton college and through a series of circumstances and changes, I began attending life drawing classes and pursued my training for about six semesters. Drawing and painting the human figure for me is always a challenging aspect of art, it is not one that comes easy or effortlessly, however it is an aspect of art that allows me to utilize different mediums. Standing at the easel with either dry mediums or oil paints and the model infront of me, has been and will continue to be an aspect that is different from the detailed designs of my pottery work. There is always this special interaction between what happens with the paint, the dry medium and the model, and how it manifests on the canvas or paper. Sometimes with pleasing results and sometimes with marginal results, but always an interesting artistical experience, hope you enjoy.
For hundreds of years indigenous people of North America have been experimenting with clay, utilizing its substance, for beauty and function. Coming from such a background I have been combing the ideals, of passion, apprenticeship and patience in creating hand built decorative pottery. The method is antiquated, laborious and rewarding, resulting in pottery that are unique in their own special way. The coiling method of pottery is what I choose, without the use of a modern day potters wheel, I am able to make pots that are light in weight yet captures the concept of symmetry and form. Each pot is hand burnished giving the surface a smooth finish allowing the paint to flow effortlessly across the surface. Patterns and designs are as limitless as the human imagination, spanning the globe each culture can be represented through their own unique patterns and designs. Inspired by these patterns from various cultures, in conjunction with my own Native American background, I hand paint each piece free hand using no stencils , orchestrating inspired patterns across the surface, hoping to capture something fresh and innovative. The isolated moments of the hand painting process are a revelation of beauty and design giving each piece its own individuality. Exposure to extreme violent forces of fire, are the final ingredient that results in pottery that will be an everlasting work of art.
- Two Tribes Pottery
- Fullerton, CA, United States
- I am a Native American from the Navajo and Pueblo of Isleta people from New Mexico. I currently reside in Fullerton CA and I am freelance artist I practice in the mediums of Ceramics, painting, drawing and music. However i am most proficient in ceramics and pottery making.