|"As a ceramic artist, I derive
the designs in my work from floral and geometric images and
patterns. I create the designs by carving into the surface of
the piece or with three-dimensional embellishments. By capturing
the essence of flowers, I relate the position and the type of
flowers, scenes, or patterns to the shape of each piece. I
seek to involve the viewer in the wonder, intricacy, and subtle
simplicity of the delicate qualities of nature and pattern.
Attention to detail is paramount in my work.
||"In springtime, our mailbox fills
with flower catalogs which I peruse with great pleasure. On each
page I envision a plant or two growing in my gardens. I love to
fill out the order forms and then, rarely, send in the order.
Half the fun is enjoying the beauty, lavish colors, and forms of
the flowers and plants that spark my fancy. From these images,
and the plants I actually do grow in my gardens, come the
inspiration for my flower pieces. Recreating exact replicas of
the individual plants is not important as I add my creative
touch, design, and details to each piece. Whether they become
flowers, leaves, fungus, mushrooms, seaweed, or imaginary plants
as wall sculptures or functional serving pieces, the work brings
a sweet sense of satisfaction to me to visually enjoy and use.
An added benefit is that they never require weeding!
|"My college degrees in Ceramics
and Education come from Denison University, the University of
Florida, and Jacksonville State University. Having been awarded
the Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Crafts for
2011 is a wonderful acknowledgment of my ceramic skills and
work. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and techniques at workshops
and am a full-time artist working in the studio with my husband,
Steve Loucks, in Wellington, Alabama."