have been a porcelain artist for the last 27 years. although, for the first 10 years my work was primarily in the form of doll house miniatures and porcelain dolls.
Over the past 15 years the emphasis of my work has shifted to Native American pottery, jewelry, and beads. I have won several awards with my Native American pottery and I continue to refine and develop my style in pottery. As a Native American living in the southwest I wanted to take advantage of the location , my heritage and my love of Native American art. I incorporate some of the designs from the ancient mound builders, southeastern indians from the Woodland and Mississippian period, into my jewelry and pottery. Here is a brief overview of the history of the Choctaw
which will give a general look at the culture from which I am drawing inspiration. I create original designs with Native American themes in jewelry and Home Decor items. These authentic Native American art items can be seen at Natika's Native American Art
I create beads and jewelry with, Native American, Celtic, fantasy, and some asian designs. I enjoy diversity and variety and like working in all of these areas.
In 2002 I was awarded Fellow status by the International Guild of Miniature Artisans. Although I haven't done any miniature shows in the past few years I still actively make and sell dollhouse miniatures from my Porcelain Fantasies website
, working primarily from custom orders.
I began working with porcelain when I lived in Australia in 1987. I quickly moved from making large porcelain dolls to making miniatures. When I moved back to the US in 1992 I began to paint on miniature china as well as making doll house porcelain dolls. I have been creating original sculptures in miniature of antique china since 2000.
In 1997 I began to design some jewelry pieces although my main artistic outlet was still miniatures.