When I travel and explore the world, I cannot help but make connections. Nature is one place that I look for these connections. Interestingly, the word nature has multiple definitions, ranging from a person’s inherent character to an organ’s function and to the flora and fauna found in the landscape. By taking natural objects and using them in a digital form creates a juxtaposition I interested in exploring.
Scanning is an important part of my process. Photogrammetry reconstructs a 3D scene from multiple photographs of an object taken from various angles and positions. The mesh created can be easily manipulated and then 3D model printed in plastic. Molds are made from these models for slip casting porcelain. With the Piante series, I work in an assemblage fashion to create a sculptural arrangement, suggesting a relationship between the forms that takes on the genre of the still life.
The ambiguities I find in nature give me much inspiration to draw from. As I continue to explore 3D technologies and how I might use them in my work, I am increasingly interested in the digital mark making created by the process.
I was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1952 of Italian immigrant parents. I graduated cum laude with a BA in art education from Montclair State University in 1974. In 1977, I received my MFA in ceramics from Louisiana State University. I have been teaching in higher education since 1978 and am currently a Professor of Ceramics at the University of Florida.
I exhibit in national and international venues. In 1997, I was honored as a Fellow of NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) for my accomplishments as President. I am an elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics. In 2013, I was a Fulbright Scholar at Anadolu University in Turkey. I have traveled to China 15 times to teach, work and in particular, to learn.