How nice it was to see some of you at Fox Fine Jewelry last Saturday for the opening of “Land Shapes”. It was a happy crowd, enjoying art, friends, jewelry, and even some great viola music! I was especially pleased to see friends from Camarillo and Ojai. My next show will open in Thousand Oaks at Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks. .
It feels so good to have the clay finally begin to feel good in my hands again.
“Dancing in the Sunshine”, currently in the “Land Shapes” show at Fox Fine Jewelry in Ventura, was the first ‘happy’ piece during the past year. Then a trip to Sedona to take a sculpture class encouraged me to try a few new techniques, sort of gave me a new incentive. So now I let the clay get a little firmer, use larger slabs, and make liberal use of the paddle! Small things, but it makes me work differently, and hopefully, better and happier. “Big Mama” and “Twinkle Toes” are the direct result of a couple of new techniques, and a happier me. (The good news is that “Big Mama” has sold!)
After years as a mother, teacher, and politician, working to shape lives and county policies, I have at last found time to shape clay.
Working in clay was a “pre-politics” hobby, which has now turned into a full-time passion. Influenced by the works of Mexican sculptor Francisco Zuniga and Italian sculptor Felice Vatteroni, I have found myself creating female forms: small, large, happy, sad, strong, voluptuous, heroic, resigned, young, old. The clay seems to lend itself to these expressions. There is a great deal of satisfaction in shaping these women and their feelings.
It is the tactile process, the feeling of the clay being molded in my hands that excites me; I hope your response will be to want to feel these pieces, to touch them, and experience what they can mean to you.