1000 Bottles of Solitude


I decided to make “a couple” small bottles for ceramic glaze testing. “A couple” became “a few” then became “many”. I originally called them 100 Bottles of Solitude but changed their title after completing over 200 with endless permutations still in my head. Ultimately, they have taken on a life of their own.

Selections from 1000 Bottles of Solitude

I consider the bottles three dimensional sketches and the entire series a sculptural journal. I particularly enjoy using random events (dropping, throwing or shooting) and domestic items from my daily life (spark plugs, forks, bones), as this allows me to distill that moment in time. Taken out of context and made permanent in high fired ceramic, they become compelling in ways I hadn’t planned, expressing the melancholy, whimsy, despair, absurdity or preciousness hidden within the mundane, the common and the every day.

And yes, I’ve read 100 Years of Solitude. I didn’t like the book, I do like the title.

“Solitude is unAmerican.” Erica Jong

Detail images of a few of the bottles:

Two Helmets


Bell Helmet #1First Bell Helmet

My first Bell motorcycle helmet, worn 1986 to 1992.  Embellished with caribou antler, lynx fur, red silk velvet and metallic felt tip marker.

Bell Helmet #2Second Bell Helmet

My second Bell motorcycle helmet, worn 1992 to 2005.  Embellished with bear bones, turkey feathers, electronic parts, electrical wire and paint.  Also did service as a Self-Portrait project when I was in grad school.

“Everyone crashes.  Some get back on.  Some don’t.  Some can’t.”  –Author Unknown

Three Hats


Camouflage HatCamouflage Hat

Life size and wearable.  Silk velvet, camouflage polar fleece, camouflage twill, lace, grouse wings, muskox fur.  Machine and hand sewn from self pattern.

Digital HatDigital Hat

Life size and wearable.  Velvet, leather, cotton shirting with circuit board pattern, chicken wings, circuit board, electronic parts, beads and feathers.  Machine and hand sewn from self pattern.

Topography HatTopography Hat

Life sized and wearable.  Silk velvet, hand painted silk with topography map pattern, arrow heads, camouflage silk mesh, silk mosquito net and hand made copper snaps.  Machine and hand sewn from self pattern.

“I myself have 12 hats, and each one represents a different personality.  Why just be yourself?” –Margaret Atwood