Rebel Hearts

This is a series of objects include ceramic, glass and mixed media grottos. Based on a shape derived from stylized drawings of reliquary forms and iconography. The reliquary is a container of sacred relics and memories.

In researching revolutionary characters and events that reflect aspects of our own time, I was drawn to the story and imagery of the death of Marat. When Charlotte Corday plunged her knife into the heart of Jean-Paul Marat in July of 1793, she created one of the French Revolution’s most powerful martyr heroes. His body and memory were elevated into a ceremonial pantheon. His heart was removed and placed into a makeshift reliquary–a bejeweled urn that had once belonged to the deposed French monarchy. The reliquary served as a focal point for public ceremony and devotion. The cult of the Sacred Heart (Sacré-Coeur de Jean-Paul Marat) derived from Catholic rituals and idolization.

Rebellious Heart #1 (Sacré-Coeur) Three dimensional print, with pigmented epoxy resin 12 x 10 x 8 inches 2016

Rebellious Heart #2 (Figure Head) Ceramic, tin glaze, cast and slumped colored glass 12 x 10 x 8 inches 2016

Installation of Rebel Hearts in the exhibition Fruitbowl Manifesto

Rebellious Heart #3 (Reposir) Ceramic, slumped glass with oxides 12 x 10 x 8 inches 2016

Rebellious Heart #4 (Rune Black) Black glazed ceramic 12 x 10 x 8 inches 2016

Detail of Rebellious Heart #4

Rebellious Heart #7 (Beat) Ceramic, oxides and stains, metal, plastic 12 x 10 x 8 inches 2016

Rebellious Heart #8 (Providence) Ceramic, slumped glass with oxides, metal 12 x 10 x 8 inches 2016

Rebellious Heart #9 (Bad Science) Ceramic, green and yellow glaze, slumped glass, plastic 12 x 10 x 8 inches 2016

Rebellious Heart #6 (Mend) Black glazed ceramic, with Kintsukuroi silver leaf. 12 x 10 x 8 inches 2016

Candy Dish, tin glazed ceramic, with 8 x 2.5 x 1 inches 2016

Rebellious Heart #5 (Rune White) Tin glazed ceramic 12 x 10 x 8 inches 2016


Jonas, Raymond, France and the Cult of the Sacred Heart: An Epic Tale for Modern Times, University of California Press, Berkeley, 2000.

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