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Continuing series: The Mushroom Managerie

ceramic sculpture

This project began as I declared 2023 to be my personal

"Year of the Mushroom". —Wendy Bale

artist statement

MUSHROOM MENAGERIE

AUDUBON COMMUNITY NATURE CENTER | OPENS APRIL 20, 2024

 

I made two wishes during an innocent walk in the forest. I had stumbled upon a tall, leaning hemlock hosting dozens of colorful shiny mushrooms. “I wish I knew what these are—I need to learn more about mushrooms,’ I thought.  The texture was so glossy and smooth, “I wish I could replicate them in ceramic.”

 

These two simultaneous notions on that walk sent me down the path resulting in The Mushroom Menagerie.

 

Mushrooms are having a moment in popular culture, so there is information everywhere. I went down the rabbit hole hard, trying to learn what I could about fungi.

My second wish came true when Pearl City Clay House opened in late 2022 and I had the opportunity to revisit a long-forgotten medium. While I re-familiarized myself with clay, this project became a bit of a sampler using various hand-building techniques, textures, and finishes.

The collection is now on display at ACNC, with hopes to find another venue to put this exhibition late summer or fall of 2024. Inquiries welcome.

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