Art That Moves
It has been a long-time dream to make whimsical movements reminiscent of simpler times. These “toys for grown-ups” move in many ways . . . perhaps by turning a handle for example. The historical name for many of these toys is “automata” and those tend to be more complex than what might be known simply as folk toys or kinetic art. Whatever you want to call them they are great fun to have about.
A favorite pieces is Migration To Nowhere and it is the first automaton I made.
Although I work with many types of clays such as polymer, paper mache clay and resin clays, I’ve only recently began creating ceramic clay pieces and 3 Bird House was the first thing I made. That was enough to get me hooked! I’ve lots of ideas for mixed media and mechanical toys made with fired ceramic clay.
Mermaid Theater was no doubt inspired by a great love of the sea. When I’m not in the studio or foraging through antique and thrift stores, I’m very likely at the beach with my pups.
Some pieces are quite challenging to make but as more and more are made sometimes easier ways to make them are revealed. When this happens it’s so delightful. One of the first things I want to do is share these discoveries with others and that’s why I teach many workshops on movable toys.
If you’d like to take a workshop, I’m available to teach around Western Washington and down to Portland, OR and in some national art retreats. Just send an email to remnants.art (at) gmail.com to be put on the mailing list for upcoming workshops.