Diane Blacker CERAMICS
The first time I saw someone throw a pot, I was hooked. Wide-eyed, I watched Glenn Spangler, a master potter, center a lump of clay, bore down into the center with two steady fingers, pull the wall, and give it shape. I couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel myself. That was the end of my career as an English teacher. For the next thirty years, I was “in the clay moving business.” I learned a lot from clay. I learned to stay focused, stay in the moment, learn from accidents, persevere—and make beautiful things to use and enjoy.
Celeste Jewel Howell JEWELRY
Fabricating primarily in sterling silver, recycled gold, wood, enamel and resin, I combine materials to emphasize accent in form and color. I approach my artwork with an eye for minimalism inviting the wearer to define the mood and allowing the viewer to look just a little bit closer.
Lisa Jacobs CERAMICS
A Holey Dome is a one one-of-a-kind hand built ceramic light vessel. It is a "dome of many holes" that radiates light patterns and vibrates positive energy. This body of work gets its inspiration from my attraction to ocean life, mandala forms and luminaries.
Marilyn Stiles CERAMICS
Marilyn's lizards, toads, frogs, slugs, ravens foxes and pigs speak volumes for the sense of humor and dignity she imparts to her clay friends. A lizard reclining in a rowboat reading a book, a pig wearing a tool belt ready for work, a pair of Ravens in deep conversation or a crafty fox with a tilted cap all anatomically fashioned so their true nature cannot be denied, yet so human in their pose and expression that the viewer can't help but smile and be amused. Excerpts from an article by Tayeko Kaufman