Q&A WITH THE ARTIST
Questions 1: How does my work stand out?
One of the first things I hear from people who see my work is, "I've never seen anything like this!That may scare some artists but I like the fact that my "dwellings" are unusual and not so common in the ceramic world. By using found objects from nature and placing them in my ceramic pieces I think my work is different. I'm fortunate to be able to combine my love of nature with my love of clay.
My life outside the studio includes time spent hiking in these beautiful mountains, gardening, both flowers and food, cooking, and travel. We spend 3-4 months a year on the tiny out island of Green Turtle Cay in Abaco, Bahamas. while there I collect more objects from nature, spend lots of time reading, sailing, kayaking and snorkeling.
Question 2: influences work and non related:
A. My mother, Frances Bjork, who created an environment in our home and lives that introduced me to the arts and culture and always made sure I had clay, paints, crayolas and building blocks to work/play with as well as a wide variety of music live and recorded. My father, Virgil Bjork, who taught us the love of travel and exploring new places and cultures.
All the teachers and instructors who have taught, encouraged and supported (and continue to support) me in my education and workshops.
A. Although I will continue to evolve my "dwellings" I have recently began making plant forms, specifically, buds, a larger format up to 22". They too are fired with oxides and underglazes but I'm looking forward to exploring encaustic on clay as well. I am interested in art in public spaces and am fortunate to have work in Mission Blue Ridge Hospital and am currently working on a commission for The Carpenters Union Building in Washington DC.