Statement

Toy shrines are a reaction to the perceived loss of innocence generated by visual media and digital culture where everything is immediate, nothing is sacred, and all is transparent.  Created in the first year of my fifth decade, they either contain toys of my youth or ones that are representative of those carefree years way back when my friends and I played endless games on our street or in my grandmother's back yard.  These toys, which for many years in my adult life were just plastic junk taking up space, are now objects worthy of veneration.

Lady and the Tramp
2011
Ceramic, Plastic
12"h x 8"w x 8"d
Raku fired stoneware with plastic toy addition.
Chilly Willy
2011
Ceramic, Plastic
13"h x7"w x 7"d
Raku fired stoneware with plastic toy addition.
Snail Shrine
2011
Porcelain and plastic
10" h x 9" w x 10" d
Porcelain multi fired in oxidation with plastic addition.
Dodge Ball
2011
Porcelain, fused glass, plastic
Wheel thrown and altered, salt fired porcelain with fused glass and plastic additions.
Grandma's Back Yard
2011
Porcelain, fused glass, plastic
9" h x 6.5" w x 6.5" d
Wheel thrown and altered, salt fired porcelain with fused glass and plastic additions.
The Boys of Summer
2011
Porcelain, fused glass, plastic
Wheel thrown and altered porcelain with fused glass and plastic additions.