My work titled “Destroy/Create/Repeat” was was juried into the Best of 2020 show put on by the Ohio Designer Craftsmen in Columbus OH. The dates are a little squishy right now but I will update when we all know more. You can view all the pieces in the show on their website, http://ohiocraft.org
The title refers to the circular nature of not just life but everything. Every single thing that we humans make required the destruction and recreation of something if not many things. When you consider that every molecule in our bodies came from our food be it flora or fauna and that we will return all that we are to this closed system someday. Every single thing that a plant needs to sustain itself requires the destruction of molecules in the soil and the destruction of our sun in the form of photons that excite the photosynthesis process in every green leaf and stem.
I created this piece with recycled/upcycled bottles that I smash and reassemble in clay molds that I create and fire in my kiln. I then arrange the fired glass and add embellishments as needed. As with most of my work I discover the meaning? point? reason d’etre? after the fact. I follow my muse with questions on a gut level and she informs my understanding of myself and my place in the universe. This understanding percolates slowly into my consciousness sometimes many weeks, months after the fact. I sometimes feel that a piece isn’t done until I get the message. Your message will probably be different and that’s the power of art to communicate.
The piece looks a little like a geyser that hit a glass ceiling ;-D It is coming and going on the top side and the interior. I love the way glass melts and catching it in the act gives a most satisfying feeling of movement, something I’ve long been trying to imbue into my work.
I was accepted into Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s annual juried show this year. My sculpture “Blue Wave” will be on display at the Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus, Ohio from May 5, through July 28, 2019. The show then travels to Springfield, Ohio from September 20 through December 15, 2019. Pictures below. This piece is made of slumped glass and clay with some resin embellishments. I have made some ceramic molds to create the glass shapes.
It’s time again for the Women of Appalachia Project, a special show that is run by and for women in the Appalachian region. It brings together visual artists and poets in a traveling art show and poetry readings. Here are pictures of my entries.
Flower/Vase slumped glass
Untitled glass and clay
BROKEN WATER clay,glass,stone,shell
Go to womenofappalachia.com for a full listing of events.
The Riverside Artists Gallery is putting on a show! The opening is August 25 from 6-9pm. Poets will read their poems and then a visual artist will talk about the artwork created to bring that poem alive.
The poem that inspired me is “Myself” by Debby Mullins
“I hear a noise in the distant night of a hound that seems to cry. ‘What’s wrong ole dog?’ I asked myself, but myself didn’t say why.
Myself is far in the future and always has somewhere to go. But as for me, I know nothing, my mind is just ‘to and fro’.
So like the ole dog I hear howling in the dark and distant night. My mind is not at ease and myself just isn’t right.”
Here are pictures of the sculpture I made, the scary trees represent the dark and distant night or the past. The white piece in front with tiny barefoot footprints the future and new hope/ideas. As myself and ole dog make their way down the path.
What to do when the snow flies? Fire a kiln! I’ve been playing with glass again and I found a new rabbit hole to explore. I’ve entered a few of these pieces into juried shows. I’ll let you know if I get in anywhere. Some of them are so new I’m not sure if they’re done so they still reside on my work table.
You can find my work year round at the Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio and Nelsonville Emporium, Nelsonville, Ohio. I’m always online just click on store in the upper left corner to go to my etsy shop. There’s no need to register with etsy to shop, they have introduced guest checkout.
This year I’ll be doing two craft fairs, kicking things off on black Friday in Covington Kentucky at the Ohio Designer Craftsman Winterfair!
I’ll be doing the Dairy Barn Holiday Bazaar the following weekend. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
I am so very lucky to live in a most bountiful place, surrounded by trees, flowers, streams, and stars. All of this natural beauty impresses itself into my artwork much like I impress leaves into clay. My husband and I have planted hundreds of trees on our farm since we moved here so many years ago.
I have collected leaves, bugs and other natural ephemera for as long as I can remember, I’m still partial to the red leaves of fall. When I started making “leafy” pottery I tried to turn clay leaves into bowls and such but the age old question asked by many through the years is “but can you eat spaghetti out of it?” No.
I did find ways to use leaves to print onto thrown ware and tiles, from super simple to extra detailed.
dogwood leaf bowl
leaf print on tile
My latest leaf product has come full circle, individual ceramic leaves that can hang on the wall or sit on a table, or both. Click on store in the upper left corner to see all of my products. I’m currently running a coupon code in my online shop for $10 off any order over $50, good until January 30,2018. Just put HOLIDAY17 in the coupon space at checkout.
The Majestic Gallery in Nelsonville, Ohio will be exhibiting two of my sculptures as part of their Majestic National juried show. The show opens on October 27 as part of the Final Friday events. Final Fridays in Nelsonville are a wonderful example of community fun, the square is pedestrian friendly, it’s laid back and has a wonderful range of art experiences.
The featured photo shows a slumped glass and ceramic sculpture “Carried Away”. Also in the show is “Medusa” a stoneware wall sculpture shown below.