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Artist Statements

Roy Odom

I simply have to work in clay! Making ceramic art nourishes my soul and gives flight to the images and ideas derived from nature and the world around me. When I was first "smitten" with clay I knew I had to make it a part of my life. I suppose we all come to the things that flesh out our destiny in diverse ways... I took a course in clay in college and have never been able to wash the clay from under my fingernails or out of my spirit. Studying with some wonderful potters like Joe Delwaide, Roger Tufts, Karmien Bowmen, Mike Grafe and watching the work of countless others, I have been inspired to pursue and push the boundaries of my creativity...always reaching for a higher level. Over the years I delved into clay as much as another career would allow but now have a full time studio here in Fort Worth and am finally able to do what I have always known I should do – coax from the earth and submit to the fire the forms that live in my mind.

 

Cindi Wills

I have always had a strong desire to create. Music was a huge part of the beginning of my life and feeds my soul to this day. I learned to create using dynamics, nuance, and tone while singing. That creative drive took another direction when as an adult I became a crafter working with different materials to make the images that I envisioned come to life. However, when I first touched clay it released the creative impulses that had lived in me for years and even more than that…it created a connection and a completeness that gave my artistic life new dimension. It allowed me to conceive an idea, create it with my hands and experience its completion in a way nothing else has. The challenge embodied in hand-building one of a kind pieces with new and different textures is a fascinating thing to me. The process is like a wonderful song that speaks to that part of your soul nothing else can. Art is music for the eyes.