Archive for handbuilt

Seri Kotowski #1

Title:  Plant Explorations I

Size:  44″h x 11″d

Price:  $1200

Statement:

Born: In a vacuum.
Named: Sheri Inez Kotowski
Re-Named: Serit
Currently: Breathing

Intention: Live life to the fullest and ultimately leave only beauty in my wake.

Past lives: Cat, 9Xs. Student, teacher, caretaker, gardener, dabbler, dancer, lover, nurse, mother, maker, sailor, voyeur, child, adult, rebel, fool, creator, destroyer, loner, hermit, daredevil, heartbreaker, earth shaker, firebrand, warrior, idiot, chicken shit… to name a few in no particular order.

The Thread: Artist and Participant.

More about my work:  seritdelbosque.com/

Seri Kotowski

Sheena Cameron #1

Title:  Brigid and the Festival of Imbolc

Size:  10″h x 13″w x 4″d

Light and Shadow:  The Celtic Goddess Brigid was born rising into the sky with rays of fire beaming from Her head. She is the goddess of the Hearthfire, Healing, Inspiration, Creativity, Writing, arts and Crafts, Medicine and Childbirth. As a Sun Goddess Her gifts are Light (inspiration), and the vital and healing energy of the sun. Her day of celebration is Imbolc – February 1st, and is celebrated by the lighting of fires, (the Festival of Lights.) There are four fire festivals in the Celtic year. Imbolc focuses on the Light of the fire. Brigid’s fire is the spark alive in each of us.

This piece represents the yearly ritual of extinguishing all the fires in Ireland then relighting them from the eternal fire of the Head Druid. This rider, still in the shadow of winter, is bringing a lit torch back to her hearthfire.

Price:  $500

Statement:  Sheena Cameron’s lifelong artistic passion has been with clay. Although exploring many other art forms, she now lives and works in her ceramic studio in the village of Rinconada (near Dixon). She fires many of her pieces in her outdoor raku kiln. She has become known for her one-of-a-kind horse sculptures that have gemstone manes and tails and open to reveal inner treasures relating to the theme of the individual piece. Firing them using the raku process or other unusual surface techniques insures that each will be unique. Each comes with a miniature “book” telling the theme of the horse piece, the kinds and meanings of the stones used and the personal message of the particular horse. She often does these horses in series. Most notable are the Goddess series, the raven series, the homage to famous artist series, the seahorse series, and the vision quest series.

All Cameron’s work is hand built. The latest series are mandala inspired raku raven bowls taking full advantage of the deep blacks that can be achieved with the smoking step of the raku process. She also does larger sculpture using human, animal and symbolic motifs.

Sheena Cameron

Seri Kotowski #2

Title:  Antiquities V “Africa”

Size:  15″h x 17″d

Light and Shadow:  This series of work is pit fired. Each piece in this subtitled series has the shape of a landform distinctly burned/imprinted in the surface by the magic of the fire.

Price:  $1300

Statement:

Born: In a vacuum.
Named: Sheri Inez Kotowski
Re-Named: Serit
Currently: Breathing

Intention: Live life to the fullest and ultimately leave only beauty in my wake.

Past lives: Cat, 9Xs. Student, teacher, caretaker, gardener, dabbler, dancer, lover, nurse, mother, maker, sailor, voyeur, child, adult, rebel, fool, creator, destroyer, loner, hermit, daredevil, heartbreaker, earth shaker, firebrand, warrior, idiot, chicken shit… to name a few in no particular order.

The Thread: Artist and Participant.

More about my work:  seritdelbosque.com/

Seri Kotowski, 2017 Best of Show

Sara D’Allesandro #2

Title:  Red and Green Olla

Size:  14″h x 15″w x 15″d

Light and Shadow:  I believe clay wants to be a vessel. The olla with it’s deep interior reservoir, poignant orifice embodies man mysteries of existence. I like it to be supported by three rocks when it is not nestled among plantings providing slow release moisture.

Price:  $200

Statement:  My sculpture derives from forms inherent in clay and from the forms resulting from pushing against and honing the limitations of this medium. Large monomorphic form existing in the same space, on the same ground and in the same scale as the viewer creates a tableau vivants experience with the viewer.

An earthly manifestation of flux, clay is made up of particles ground by the maw of time. It is flowing form with the unique ability to render a sense of motion and organic form. This plasticity is the quality which holds me in thrall. The process of “becoming” holds more juice for me than pursuing idealized form. And so my dance of more than fifty years, a dance with a very willful partner, goes on.

More about my work:  www.mudwaspstudio.com

Sara D'Allesandro