One spring while fostering a dog and training him to walk with me, I found myself looking at the ground a lot. I noticed these circular shapes in the sidewalk – urban mandalas really – some had little squares inside, some were copper plates with a square key hole, others were metal plates that didn’t seem to serve any purpose other than to grab my imagination.
The Urban Mandala Series came out of those dog walks. All were fired in a raku kiln, so the texture of the clay and the metallic surface of the glazes would have a relationship with the material of the original plates. The clay allowed me to take a flat plate, and realize it as a three-dimensional object.