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tanya ragir: the feminine landscape

In this series of ceramic and resin wall sculptures figurative sculptor Tanya Ragir juxtaposes details of the feminine landscape within a geometric context.

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Folded Circle, painted resin

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Cradle II, painted resin

“I embrace the gravitas, the depth and breadth of the beauty of women, which is limitless. Growing up a dancer, and being a woman, informs everything I do as a sculptor. Movement and form are my language and vocabulary.”

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Sacred Geometry, painted ceramic

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Progression Of Four, painted resin

Ragir’s life and work are about overcoming limitations. When she lost her father in 2013, this profound loss affected every area of her life and work. An acute awareness of her own mortality became the driving force behind the Warrior series (seen below), which speaks to facing internal and external barriers, struggle and loss.

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Failing Upward, ceramic

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Leap Of Faith, bronze

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Tanya Ragir in her studio

Tanya Ragir’s website

Ragir is bursting with energy and life – though no recent updates, her studio blog give you a glimpse into the artist’s spirit and some of the processes behind the work.

kimiake & shin-ichi higuchi: the mother of all

On this Mother’s Day, my first as a motherless child, I am even more aware of how challenging the months-long journey of carrying out my mother’s final wishes has been, marked by profound loss and unexpected sorrows. Kimiake and Shin-Ichi Higuchi’s Mother Earth sculpture came across my desk at just the right moment today, lifting me up, reminding me that there is much to celebrate as I continue the journey and honor my mother.

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She would have loved the Higuchi’s Pate de Verre work. The colors! The flowers! The textures! I can’t think of a better time to share their interpretation of Mother Earth, the mother of all.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all motherless children and childless mothers today. . .may the beauty of our Mother Earth sustain you, bring you joy and lift you up.

Kimiake & Shin-Ichi Higuchi’s website. (be sure to look at the cabbage leaves, cauliflower and asparagus mixed in with the colorful florals this couple is known for, and be prepared – they look good enough to eat.)

nick mackman: wild things

Nick Mackman’s Raku fired sculptures depict wild animals like the ones Mackman interacted with as she traveled through South Africa.

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mackman_dozing_warthog_babiesThe warthogs pictured here are a small selection of wild things the ceramic artist creates. Although Mackman’s portfolio is full of elephants, wild dogs, bears, rhinos, chimps and more, the warthogs captured my heart. . .these wild pigs are ugly and full of personality and beautiful all at the same time.

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 The artist with one of her warthogs

Want to watch her make a Highland bull? Watch the time lapse video!

Nick Mackman’s website

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