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If you have opened this page to see pictures of my clay vessels, figures and fountains, they are here, down below and loading. And, if your system is as slow as mine is here at the very edge of the continent, you need something to entertain you while waiting for the pictures of the pots I have recently shown. If I could dance for you I would, but that would take even longer to download, so let's just stick to ceramics.
Why on earth, are you interested in a clay representations that will vaguely remind of a person? Are you also fascinated with the concept that clay is made of the recycled bodies of mountains, people and plants? Does it thrill you to touch the sides of a clay piece and to know that fragments of other lives have now been joined into this singular configuration?
Perhaps it is too easy for you, holding the finished ceramic in your hand, or worse still, looking at pictures on your computer, to remember that clay was once a living breathing piece of life. Because I have handled the clay when it was wet, I have this sure knowledge in my fingertips. I know clay has a life. Just as with our bodies, you add water (and the oxygen in it) and we live. Take out all the water and like a frog in winter, it goes into reduced level of existence.
The same thing holds true for clay. You take the dry, crumbly soil from the side of a hill and it seems to be only dirt. Add water and it takes on a life of its own. Suddenly it has a will, it has needs, it moves, it reacts to light, heat and air. It is something to be reckoned with because it now has desires and a will. Believe me, different clays have distinct personalities and are just as individual as are family members.
Adding water to clay reduces its ability to be vertical - to stand upright and stay in that position. No matter how skillfully the potter coaxes the clay to be vertical, either as the walls of a vessel, a plaque on the wall, or tea cup on your table, its natural inclination is to lie down, fall down or collapse.
Okay, here are some shots of works shown in these shows.
Art In the Redwoods, Gualala, CA, August, 2002.
"An Opinion on Homeland Security"
First Place in Ceramics
Masks! Members' Show at Point Arena CityArt, October, 2002.
"Two-person Show at The Dolphin in Gualala, CA, March, 2003.
"Red, White and Black" Members' Show, Gualala Art Center, June 2003.
"Beaux Esprit" Show Point Arena CityArt, June-July, 2003
"Desire for a Child"
Art in the Redwoods, Gualala Art Center, August, 2003.
"Politically Speaking" Show at Gualala Art Center, November, 2003
"9 / 11"
"Talking Potheads" One-person Show at Point Arena CityArt in Point Arena, CA, October, 2003.
"ABCs of Childhood"
"Angel "Same Old Story" "Tea Party Rebellion"
"Holiday Store" Point Arena CityArt, December, 2003.
"Minimal Show" Point Arena CityArt, December, 2003
11" x 8"
"New Art, Fresh Start" Members' Show, Gualala Art Center, January, 2004.
"Story-telling Giant" 9 ft. x 3 ft.
"Collage, Assemblage and Mobiles Show" Point Arena CityArt, December, 2003
"Free-fall in a Cage"
"Reel Pipe Dream"
April, 2005 Broad(er)sides Show
"The Haiku Poet Speaks"
The Creative Spirit
"Another Creative Spirit"
Art in the Redwoods Festival at Gualala Arts Center
"It Takes a Village (for the Lesbian Wedding)"
"Bridge Bowl" Collection of David and Harmony Susalla
Studio Discovery Tour 2005
Festival of Trees 2005
Broad(er)sides Show at Gualala Arts
"Haiku Fountain" Participants could catch the floating letters and write their own haiku on the rock
Beaux Esprits Members' Show at Point Arena CityArt
"NobleNecklace" Diachronic fused glass and hex-cut Delica beads in the peyote stitch.
45th Art in the Redwoods Festival
"The Pot that Loves Beads"
"For Jane From Tarzan" - Judges' Award
Environmental Exhibit at Gualala Arts
"It Pays to Pick Up Litter" winner of the
Environmental Award given by
(Each piece of this recycled litter contains an artwork of varying value. Participants were encourage to "pick up the litter" to get their surprise prize. The goal is to have every piece taken away by the end of the show.)
red stella - a fabulous gift shop in the Cypress Village in Gualala is now showing my beaded necklaces
John Rizzi - Lampbead maker in Guerneville (just down the street from Coffee Bazaar) and I worked together to make necklaces he now has for sale in his brand-new store.
Love & Hate Show
"Coming Out to Mother" 14" diameter
Collaborative Art Exhibit
In addition to curating this show with Suzan Friedland and Hansine Goran, I had this piece done with Suzan. It was hung in the entrance to Gualala Arts Center.
Knot Chromatic Riff
Working with Jan Maria Chiappa we did this piece "Gifts for the Sea."
After the show closed, I was invited to take my mermaid and install her on the trail on the Gualala Arts Center grounds. I added pots to come up with a new version of "It Takes a Village."
August 17 - 19, 2007
Showing winter, 2007-2008,
are my bottles, made in the early 80s, with haiku.
My thanks to Gunther Westermann for managing this exhibit and for building this extensive display unit!
The "Beaded Bird" and "The Glass Green Rug" at
Holiday Store at CityArt in Point Arena
Judged by Your Peers
“Saturday Night Fever”
Japanese Art & Poetry
Polyglot: Expressive Media in Book Arts
Haiku Book “River”
2nd Prize in 2009 Art in the Redwoods Fine Art Exhibit
"The Sea Sprite's Necklace"
First Place winner in Mixed Media
"Edge of a Cloud"
First Place winner in the "Small Works"
Gualala Arts Center
L:"Old Tree with Blossoms"
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