The Favorite Tree (soldl)
By Mike Smith

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Gallery Artists : Ann Fleming :

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"I have been having a life long affair with clay.  In harmony with my very practical nature I created colorful functional ware and architural accents for over 25 years.  I thoroughly enjoyed the years creating bright and happy work that would grace the daily lives of people.  But as the years went by pottery took a physical toll and my creative mind longed for something different.  I think the hardest thing that I had to face is to give myself permission to just have fun.

But one day I gave myself that permission.  I went into my studio in 2004 and created my first figure in clay simply for the joy of working in a material that I know so well.  In 2006, urged by friends, I cast the first piece in bronze.

Each new sculpture became a joy to me.  My women are full and round and playful and thoughtful.  My animals are quiet and companionable.  I soon recognized that things that mattered to me crept into my work, stories that reflected human nature surrounded by our natural world.  And though in the beginning I thought this work had no utility but to bring back to me the joy of process, I can now see that the stories the pieces tell are their utility.  And if my stories bring a little moment of peace or a smile, a little insight or a warm memory, then my work once again graces daily life."

 
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