The Artist Page
I received a B.F.A. in ceramic sculpture in 1969 and spent the next 33 years making art jewelry. I moved to New Mexico in 1981. Finally in 2003 I got back into working with clay. I soon started experimenting with making horses and they seemed to take on a life of their own. Soon, and after much hard work, they evolved into what you see on this website and have become very popular. Presently most of my energy goes into producing these one-of-a-kind messenger horses. I still make titanium, niobium, and sterling jewelry (including my ever popular horse pins), and clay sculpture of the human figure.
In many mythologies horses were thought to be MESSENGERS from other realms. My pieces use the form of the horse allegorically. There are no elements of human subjugation such as saddles and bridles. They represent humans in their free and natural state as well as the symbolism associated with the horse itself. I combine many other elements with the clay horse, each with their own symbolism. But in combination a new meaning is created. I use my jewelry skills and tools to make unique elements to add. I draw sometimes on my Celtic heritage. Like that of Native Americans, Celtic culture and spiritual life was nature-based.
Each horse comes with its own miniature book. On one side is a horse picture and several paragraphs about the general symbolism. Handwritten on the other side is the name of that particular horse, a list of all the components and gemstones, their symbolism, and the symbolism of the piece as a whole. And of course each owner will be bringing her or his own personal symbolism to the piece.
Most of my pieces are raku. Some are fired in a Japanese style woodburning kiln and some are stoneware. Because of the nature of these one-of-a-kind pieces the prices vary widely. I use genuine gemstones and other unique additions. All the legs are masonry nails. Many of the horses open and close and have a lot of detail work.
Sizes and prices
The small freestanding horses are 11 inches long, 8 inches high and 2 1/2 inches wide. They cost between $100 and $300. The large freestanding horses are 17 inches long, by 11 inches high by 4 inches wide. They cost between $300 and $750.
I also make wall horses. The sizes (except for depth) are similar to the freestanding ones. They are side view and are made with hanging capabilities. The small wall horses cost between $48 and $68. The large wall horses cost between $75 and $110.
We do not sell directly from this web site because my ceramic pieces are all one-of-a-kind. Most are Raku fired which makes them impossible to duplicate. Nearly all those shown below are likely to be sold and thus serve as examples of my range of styles.
If you give me an idea of what kind of piece you are interested in I
can email you pictures of available ones and their prices. Of course
we most hope to see you all here in our studio gallery in enchanting
Northern New Mexico.