Teapots!11th Invitational @ Morgan Contemporary in Pittsburgh runs from April 7-June 10th. This year I created “PinePot” from primarily pine branches and pine cones. The handle on the lid is a prehistoric bison tooth. The various sizes of pine cones were collected from many places…Michigan, Florida, and Connecticut. I have utilized whole pine cones, pine cone cross sections for the lid and individual parts of pine cones for the lid and foot of the pot. The inside is covered with pine needles from Florida. I wrapped small bundles of pine needles and then wove them together to create pine needle mats. (14″x13″x8″)
I am honored to have received a Pat Williams Award for my mixed media sculpture, Otter at the opening of New Fibers 2016. The exhibition opened October 26-December 7 at University Gallery, Eastern Michigan University. Many thanks to the Fiber Arts Network of Michigan for sponsoring this terrific show.
I am excited to have a small body of work included in BIG Sculpture @ The Factory in Highland Park, MI opening on September 16th- October 22nd. I will be presenting a lecture on my work on October 2nd at 2pm. The exhibition features work from over 50 artists.
On March 8th my husband, Harry and I adopted a 5 month old rescue husky and toy poodle puppy! I had been yearning for a studio companion for a while. Now I have Olive. We still have some training issues facing us but we are all up to the task. Olive is very smart, affectionate, and eager to please. Check out her mismatched eyes; one is blue and the other is blue and brown. Very special indeed!
Guide is a power animal or guardian spirit. “In shamanic cultures, it is believed that when we are born, the spirit of at least one animal volunteers itself to protect and guide us throughout our life–this is our power animal. When a person is consciously aware of his or her power animal, it is possible to communicate with it directly and ask them for help and guidance within a shamanic journey. ” (Sandra Ingerman, Shamanic Journeying, A Beginner’s Guide)
Soul Shell Teapot is in Teapots! 9th Invitational at Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA. The exhibition runs from April 10th-June13th. That’s my teapot on the invitation…second from the left on the top row! It should be a great show. I will be at the April 10th opening. Stop by and check out the show if you are in the area.
On May 29th I was honored to receive the 2014 Community Service Award from the Education Department at Wayne State University, my undergraduate alma mater. Dr. Jim Brown, Coordinator of Visual Arts Education presented me with this lovely award.
This piece came to me during a Soul Retrieval. Although I do not usually make ‘wearables” the Golden Mantle insisted on being created. The piece is about protection. It is constructed from handmade felt, cabochons, and sea urchin spines. The interior is completely needle felted as is some of the outside. One of my former students, Nabeela Najaar, is modeling the mantle. Photos by Tim Thayer.