Creative Animal Sculpture / November 14 – 19, 2021
The ability to create a sculptural piece with my hands is truly a spiritual process. Part of me will always live in that piece no matter where it finds a home. That is why I continue to create and share my love of art.
Tina began working with clay over 27 years ago. She holds a BA from the University of Florida and worked for 35 years in Graphic Design. Now retired, she is a full-time ceramic and bronze sculptor living in Knoxville, Tennessee. All of her sculptures are hand-built, so each has its own distinctive personality and characteristics. The specialty pieces are one of a kind and born of pure imagination. Alternative firing techniques using natural elements of horse hair, sawdust, banana peels, coffee, manure, and salt create an organic fusion. The fire, smoke, and fumes dance to create more natural surface effects and colorations. Bronze sculpture was added to her body of work in 2019 – another artistic medium that she has always wanted to pursue.
She was the featured artist for the Southern Highlands Craft Guild marketing campaign in 2016 and was honored with a solo exhibition for the Tennessee Arts Commission in Nashville, Tennessee in 2018. Her animal sculptures have been commissioned by the Knoxville Zoo, Tennessee and the Calgary Zoo in Alberta, Canada. Her clay work is in collections of both national and international art enthusiasts.
Tina serves on the Board of Governors for Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Professional memberships include: Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Foothills Craft Guild, Terra Madre Women in Clay, American Crafts Council, Oak Ridge Art Center, and Arts and Culture Alliance of Knoxville.