Deborah has taught ceramics and sculpture the high school, college, and adult levels. Stoneware, Raku clay, and recycled materials were her primary focus prior to discovering a relatively new material: polymer clay. She began concentrating on using polymer clay to create jewelry and sculpture. The properties inherent in polymer clay opened up a world of color and texture. While polymer clay is generally used for small applications such as jewelry, she is exploring the use of the material on a relatively large scale to create relief sculpture.
Since her time is divided between both media, some cross pollination occurs and new ideas emerge. Her working process can best be described as a tactile dialogue. The direction the work takes is guided by her willingness to see the unexpected and possible directions the sculpture or jewelry takes until it resonates with her. Mandalas, our relationship to nature and emerging forms in nature, recur in her work.
Stop by the gallery to see her colorful jewelry.