There are many themes and sources of inspiration that
we draw from when creating a vessel. Typically, texture plays a major roll in
the development of a piece. We may begin with sketches in wire to find the initial
structure we intend to use. Next, we begin to manipulate the surface of sheet
metal and wire with hammers to soften it. It is rare that a raw piece of metal
will find its way into our designs. Hammering helps to transform the metal
and guide it to our reference point. Our desire may be to imitate fabric, leather,
paper or bark. As we construct the material by coiling, twisting or wrapping
we utilize this time to consider various aspects of the piece such as form and content.
We incorporate aspects of our personal history into the content of a piece. It
is here that the details of a piece become clearer and are fine-tuned. In working with the vessel and basket forms, we reference
themes of protection, containment, and entrapment, along with emotional aspects of nurturing, seduction, beauty, fear and
strength. The structure of the vessel may involve segments joined together, layering
of material, or intertwined wires referencing architecture and building materials.
In addition, many of our pieces reflect a moment in time, a visual aspect of our experience, a memory, or an event
that evokes these emotions.