I first met Steven at a local gallery exhibit
where I was exhibiting some jewelry. Steven's work, his "Clay Dresses Series" was just amazing. I mean models actually wear these to exhibit the art's beauty and Steven's vision.
What made me even MORE excited was what he was doing for the community. With a penchant for foster children who age out at 18 he created a program'
HELP ME BUILD A HOME OF MY OWN
BRINGING AWARENESS TO "AGING OUT"
With such a heart and such talent I was elated to meet and to know this unique and wonderful soul. In his own words, Steven talks about his work and purpose.
"In my contemporary clay art series of ladies dresses made from clay, wire and other materials, I use the unexpected medium of clay, commonly fashioned into utilitarian vessels and dinnerware, to symbolize the diversity of roles assumed by women in the 21st century. From the safe harbor of home to an arena of mass appeal, women, what they pursue and where they find themselves in the world are reflected by this series of dresses. My observation of female identity ranges from the private domain of a gardener who lovingly nurtures plants to grow to the nationally televised public humiliation of pop singer Janet Jackson during the country's most widely watched sports event. Ceramics, wire and other materials are manipulated into representations of what woman accomplish in and out of the public eye. As fantasy abstractions of this form, my dresses respectfully acknowledge all that women accomplish, whether they are connecting with nature or dancing onstage.
In addition, my pursuit of the uncommon application of clay in an architectural form allows me to create free standing and wall mounted two and three dimensional art forms. These art forms are both large scale and permanent in their nature. I am an associate of world renowned Architectural Ceramicist, Peter King, and I am honored to employ my skills and knowledge of this ancient art form known as Architectural Ceramics both independently and in collaboration with Peter King.
In conclusion, I view myself as being one half clay artist and the other a social worker, which harkens back to my prior profession. I revel in creating clay art projects that are therapeutic in nature, build personal relationship skills and address community needs. I love it when I am able to involve my art in taking an active role in addressing society's needs."
Steven, thank you, for everything.
ART LICENSING FROM my PERSPECTIVE