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tanya besedina: crisis. rebirth. evolution

On the day I marked the first anniversary of my mother’s death I received an email from Tanya Besedina about the research she did regarding our inner child for her most recent collection of work.


Tanya Besedina Dragon Girls
Dragon Girls


She had no idea the significance of the day, nor how powerfully her words spoke to me. A salve and a comfort. . .and her ethereal clay sculptures brought me peace as I considered where I am on this journey of Crisis.Rebirth.Evolution.


Tanya Besedina


Tanya Besedina 1


“Moments of crisis are always a signal that rebirth is at hand. For it is through the experience of pain, complication, and angst that we find our way to rebirth – and truth. Through crisis, old stereotypes are challenged, flaws are exposed, and as this truth is realized we witness the old way of thinking fade from our reality to be replaced by ideas that represent something new. Providing a reminder that in the end, truth prevails.  This process of crisis and rebirth leading to evolution and truth is reflected in my workCrisis. Rebirth. Evolution. New understanding and a new truth.”


Tanya Besedina Detail


Tanya Besedina, Three Sisters: Love, Hope, Faith
Three Sisters: Love, Hope and Faith


Very different from the artist’s polymer clay relief fairy tales I shared two years ago, this body of work is equally compelling, though I’m not certain if the medium is polymer or ceramic clay. Many thanks for your words, sweet Tanya – they lifted me up and carried me through a difficult day.


Tanya Besedina’s website


wilma wyss mosaics

Wilma Wyss worked as a print designer for twenty years before she began creating concrete and mosaic sculptures. She calls her Pillow Series and Fluid Sculpture Series ‘visual contrivances, illusions of flimsy and fluidity and three-dimensional trompe l-oeils’.

Wilma Will Rust Easy Pillow

 Rust Easy Pillow

Wilma Wyss Tushy Cushion

Tushy Cushion

Wilma Wyss Martini Pillow

 Martini Pillow

“In my pillows, I play with associations of softness, comfort, and lightness, while simultaneously expressing the seemingly contradictory properties of hardness, discomfort, and weight.”

Wilma Wyss Going Back In Time

Going Back In Time

Wilma Wyss Awakening

Awakening: Metamorphosis of Protective Thoughts

“My experiences as a woman, wife, and mother drive my exploration of feminine themes in my artwork. I play with the meaning of familiar objects, and create space for feminine viewpoints. I am fundamentally nurturing and supportive, and I manifest these characteristics in my sculptural collages.”

Wilma Wyss’ website



tim christensen: narrating with sgraffito

As I feel my own creative pull shift from observer to visual storyteller (more about that soon), I have been researching narrative art. Tim Christensen’s work and words resonated with me –  he tells stories of our times by scratching drawings onto porcelain clay surfaces using the sgraffito technique.


Ark: Ossuary, slab built porcelain, 19″ wide

The artist slowly and deliberately scratches through the surface, revealing the contrasting color below as he tells a story. You can easily get lost in the detailed, carved scenes. Vessels, bowls, plates, boxes – objects normally meant to carry or hold things – the twist here is that Christensen’s hold stories too, “about love, loss, fear and foreboding, community, tranquility, and loneliness.”


The Cusk, slab built porcelain, 16″ long

“My work is narrative, specifically illustrated, sometimes spiritual, often funny, and understandable. I make pots about the times in which we live, and the challenges of living in a time in which we are divorced from the natural world around us.”




Hard Work Ahead


Meadow Columnar Study



Meadow Columnar Study, open

Tim Christensen

Tim Christensen at work

“In the same ways that we know and learn from the cultures who have come before us, my pottery depicts the particular place and time in which I live, and why I think it is important. I draw on my pieces because it is the best way I know to express what I am thinking about. I like to draw about love, loss, fear and foreboding, community, tranquility, and loneliness.”

Tim Christensen’s website

Read an article about the artist here


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