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I am interested in the idea of the endangered craftsman and the necessary skillsets required of using hand tools. When I use tools, they become extensions of my hands while continuing their legacy. My work is both a nostalgic look at the past, while also exhibiting how craft is used today.

By pressing antique tools into the clay, I am making a fossil record, a memory of the physical object. Slip-casting these same tools creates a facsimile of a tool, as by definition, a tool is a devise for doing work. As a result of recreating it from clay, I deny its function, thus limiting it as merely a devise for contemplation.

Through constructing environments for these objects, I strive to convey a sense of endearment and value; thus contradicting and transcending the inherent properties of the tool. This approach provides the viewer a context in which I illustrate my connections to tools, their history and the craftsman.

Journeyman
46x39x28 inches
Gaffer's Bench
Ceramic
52x31x29 inches
Static
Ceramic, Vintage C-Clamps
18x18x5 inches
Ash, Cork, Vintage Awl
From Willard S. Ward
Ceramic, Vintage Perfect Handle Antique Screwdrivers
16x16x4 inches
2014
Veritas
Ceramic, Gold Leaf, Patina, Veritas Marking Gauge, Vintage Crosscut Saw
37x26x4 inches
Compression
Ceramic, Vintage Machine Clamps
Grasp
Ceramic, Vintage Blacksmithing tongs
16x7x3 inches
Oiler
Ceramic, Vintage Oil Can
13x7x8 inches
Bailey #4
Ceramic, Vintage Bailey #4 Hand Plane
15x11x5 inches
Altered
Ceramic, Vintage Jewelers Hammer
18x6x4 inches
Fossil Series, Gas Pliers
Ceramic
14x4x7 inches
Fossil Series, Thread Gauge
Ceramic, Gold Leaf, Patina
6x6x15 inches
Containment
Ceramic, antique handbroom
Collection
Ceramic, Wood, Gold Leaf, Patina
Fossils
Ceramic, Gold Leaf, Patina
Ceramic
24x9x6
Still Life
Ceramic, Gold Leaf
Tybre Newcomer, Ceramic, Sculpture
Ceramic
22x16x15 inches
Salvage
Hollow Core Kiln Shelf, Slipcast nails, Vintage Ball Peen Hammer
17x16x3 inches
Key
Hollow core kiln shelf, wood fired "fossil", silkscreen
Fossil Series: Caliper
Hollow ore kiln shelf, wood fired "fossil", silkscreen
At Home
Hollow core kiln shelf, Slipcast mallet, silkscreen
Tybre Newcomer, Ceramic, Sculpture
Ceramic
25x7x6 inches
Tybre Newcomer, Ceramic, Sculpture
Ceramic
25x7x6 inches
Tybre Newcomer, Ceramic, Sculpture
Ceramic
6x17x6
Tool of the latter 20th Century, 5 Gallon Bucket
Ceramic, gold leaf, brass
12x12x16 inches
Tool Tray
Ceramic, Fabricated and Welded Steel, Patina
11x32x7 inches
Remnants
Ceramic, White Oak, Poplar Wood Nails