Spring is coming here to the Midwest, temps are creeping up, grass is turning green.  It is a subtle change, like the soft colors in watercolor art.

Clay vase, Jayme Curley#1 Largest Ovoid, Jayme Curley

Curley sculpts in low-fire clay, hand-building vases and landscapes with references to geology and nature. The fired surface of this type of clay is porous enough to accept water color paint, colored pencil, and collage.

Clay sculpture, Jayme Curley#6 Oceana I, in 5 Sections, Jayme Curley

“I enjoy playing with visual balance, thrusts & checks, overlays, see-throughs, textures, hints, secrets, & suggestions…
The clay stretches, twists, tears, rebounds, talks back…….so responsive & sassy!…
I treat it like wonderful 3-D watercolor paper.” Jayme Curley

clay sculpture by Jayme Curley#49, Jayme Curley

It was hard to choose which pieces of her work to feature here – all of her work is mesmerizing to me, dreamlike.  I want to hold it in my hands and stare at it to figure out what it is whispering.

The story behind her work is pretty powerful – her house was only 1/2 mile from the 1999 Olympic Gas Explosion, which decimated a nearby forest and killed three children. Her work is a way to work out her depression about the human impact on our planet. Money from the sale of her art goes to the Whatcom Land Trust whose mission is to protect wild & rural lands from development.

Visit her site to see all of her work: www.prayersforthewild.com

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