I Found Chaney

A hybrid of the words for “china” and “money,” chaney is the porcelain shards found in the soil after a hard rain and washed up on the beaches of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.

I found this shard in The Gut, the riverbed on my property that runs down the Blue Mountain out to the Salt River estuary.

Ceramics, broken in symbolic acts of destruction by slaves, is a symbol of colonial resistance.

I wonder if the tourists buying chaney repurposed into jewellery are aware of the sociopolitical postcolonial critique of colonization and slavery.

For now, I will keep collecting chaney until It is ready to find it’s way into my work….


There is opportunity to shift structural language when a person is invited to play with unexpected materials without any expectations. Throughout the weekend of JCAST, Sky Garden Gallery and Theda Sandiford invite you to make strings of beads from recycled bottle caps.

Drawing inspiration from various beading traditions, mixing different bottle caps to make a string of colorful oversized beaded necklaces. Your creation will become a part of an upcoming installation celebrating personal adornment.

You can also tour Sky Garden Gallery and interact with my Emotional Baggage Cart series.

I am looking forward to making, with you….


  • Friday September 30, 3:00-8:00 pm
  • Saturday October 1, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Sunday October 2, 12:00-6:00 pm

Location: Sky Garden Gallery, 150 Bay Street, PH9, Jersey City NJ

NOTE: Entrance 150 Bay residential lobby with the sculpture in the courtyard and ride the elevator to the 10th floor, Sky Garden Gallery is in PH9. Follow the signs to the gallery.

Today is JC Friday

There is opportunity to shift structural language when a person plays with unexpected materials without any expectations. My Emotional Baggage Carts are designed to draw you in and spark your curiosity. Not only to discover what materials are used to create these sculptures, but to look within, recognize and release the emotional baggage you may be carrying. 

You are invited to work with me on an Emotional Baggage Cart in progress at Art 150, 150 Bay Street, Studio #231 on Friday September 9th from 6-9pm.

Enter Art150 at 1st Street and Provost St and ride the elevator to the second floor. Sudio #231.

Feel free to bring any recycled fibers or textiles to weave onto the cart. No experience necessary.