Hi. I’m Tris and sculpting clay is what I love. I am a mixed-media artist who transforms raw clay into original hand built clay art with additions of driftwood, semi-precious stones, copper, leather, horsehair, feathers, beads and found objects such as rusted metal.
I have had many careers including teacher, small business owner, accountant, and graphic artist. But my hobbies always included dabbling in various art mediums like oil and watercolor, batik, pottery, sculpting, and photography. After moving into my home in Kayenta, Ivins, Utah in 2001, I returned to my love of clay at the Zia Pottery Studio. In 2012, we added a larger studio to our home and I began offering small clay classes and spreading the joy of working with clay.
My masks and spirit figures are glazed and high fired or fired in the raku method. These vary from rustic to sophisticated or brightly colored and whimsical. I make unique clay characters and cactus totems filled with images of southwestern lore and legends. My most supportive critic and best studio helper is my husband, Gary.