Laura Rose and Barbara Wright
Featured Artists for January 2018
Afternoon Reception: Sunday, January 28th, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Music by Margaret Kellerman
Barbara Wright creates luminous, colorful mosaics in a great variety of forms including wall hangings, mirrors, clocks and vases embedded with mosaic design. Her moderately-sized pieces are theme-based designs and her large wall pieces encompass a mural-style story.
She uses an amazing array of materials to enrich the glass with her rich, complex designs: shells, millefiore, buttons, beads of all sizes and shapes, and a rich assortment of shiny objects find their way into the integrated color scheme that Wright is so well known for. Wright also works with the newer art of fused glass to create one-of-a-kind jewelry. Her mosaic pieces have been shown in galleries and shows throughout Northern California, and she often works on commissions.
Laura Rose is a potter specializing in reproducing the oldest of human art onto her hand-thrown raku work. Rose says, "Through these lively animals we hear the direct voice of artists tens of thousands of years old, the earliest connection by far that we moderns have to our ancient ancestors. We can never be sure of their intent in creating these masterpieces, we do know that the amazing images were part of spiritual life and practices and probably dealt with myths, heroes, and constellations. They may even have been the beginnings of astrology. These ancients are speaking to us of their deep love and respect for the natural world and of the everlasting vital importance of art to the human spirit."
Raku pottery is made through a technique where pieces are heated to red-hot and then soaked in an atmosphere of smoke that creates the black and the crackle effects.
Rose's shows this year have included the American Craft Council Show at Fort Mason in San Francisco, the Fire Arts Gallery in Arcata and the Ferndale Arts Gallery. She has raku-based lamps in Old Town Lighting in Eureka and Cave Art pots and her Coppery Whales at the Highlight Gallery in Mendocino.