What should it matter that one bowl is dark and the other pale, if each is of good design and serves its purpose well?
10% of all proceeds of Cheryl's Claytopia products sold will be donated to Indy Great Pyrenees Rescue.
Escapism is the major theme to my work. Escapism is the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant or boring realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy. I have loved mystical and fantasy creatures all my life. They make me feel the excitement of what if... Myths and legends have also had an impact on my images.
I have been making plates and carving images on them such as dragons, Celtic knots, Celtic trees, and designs. Seeing the flat surface come alive into a textured surface or scene is thrilling to me. Recently, I have been making bass relief along with my carving. I want the scene, creature or design to really pop out. Adding clay on to make the figure stand out to look like it would come off the plate is a technique that I use. I want my work to draw you in, make you look at what's there.
Making a piece that takes a person into another world to relieve them of their everyday chores and responsibilities is my goal. During these trying times I think everyone can use a little get away.