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.
As a member of the Parkersburg Art Center I entered their annual member show “BowWowMeow”. I took in one of my cat food dishes and surprise surprise! I got a prize!!
The Stakeout, who will get the drop?
it’s porcelain and perfectly fine for people too
This dish is a little larger than my usual 4-5″ diameter. It was made as part of a special order from a cat owner who’s cat Stewie’s whiskers were bothered by the rim of a regular dish. I made three larger, shallower dishes for Stewie (I always make extras) and he got two. A portrait dish and a “Hittin the Sushi Bar”.
Stewie’s special order
I have a line of cat dishes with 14 hilarious drawings of cats. I have been hosting cats for most of my life and find them very aMUSEing . Click on store at the top of this page to see more…
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.
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.
Three more sculptures will be in the Ohio University Multicultural Center Gallery in Baker Center as part of the Women of Appalachia Project. I’ll be helping to hang the show with several other artists, this is one of the perks, getting to know other artists in a relaxed space where we all work together to put on a show. And quite a show it is, funny, thoughtful, personal, evocative, and poetic! The opening reception is on Feb 3 from 5-8pm. click on the link below for more info
My work will be on view at the Parkersburg Art Center as part of “The River” a biennial juried exhibition. The exhibit runs from June 26 through August 6, 2016. An Opening Reception is on June 26 from 1-3 pm come join the fun!
Here are my three Fish sculptures that are in the show.
Silica Based Life Form Fish #3220
Silica Based Life Form Fish #3439
Silica Based Life Form Fish #9277
All of these pieces are from my Silica Based Life Form Series that began in 2013 and continues to evolve.
Here is a link to the Parkersburg Art Center for more information.