Shown above: Detail from “Dancing Coral” by Barbara Osborne
My art is founded on a deep respect for the materials I use. A pine tree can be a hundred feet tall, rocks are millions of years old. All of them have stories: how they were formed, how they got their color and shape; I represent the materials as well as I can.
I prepare pine needles and slice stones, using them to form my vessels. I use both traditional and invented coiling techniques. My process is a combination of lapidary and sculptural work, art and engineering. What interests me most is finding a way to construct what I have imagined.