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textured surfaces,” she explains. “I hand sculpt the faces with my fingers, sometimes creating each as an interpretation of a human emotion. The colors are achieved with raku firing for the effects I want visually. Some of the pieces will be fired with crystalline glazes. I hope to continue along this line until The Dream of the Planet is finished as an installation piece. Per- haps this wall piece can be placed somewhere permanently.”
The Dream of the Planet will make its debut at the Artists’ Coalition of Flagstaff’s Gallery, 111 E. Aspen on October 4, during the First Fri- day ArtWalk from 6PM to 9PM and will remain on display of the month of October. Flagstaff-,
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“As one of the Artists’ Gallery featured art- ists for October I will be displaying an array of jewelry created over the last few months,” Zac Kothrade tells me. “At the end of April 2013 I made the bold transition from bench jeweler (jewelry repairman) to entrepreneurial art jew- eler. Not having created jewelry for art’s sake in a number of years, I have spent the sum- mer months rediscovering my creative pro- cess. The work displayed in the gallery reflects this rediscovery and represents the fledgling stages of this new evolution of my craft. The pieces shown will incorporate 14k gold, Ster- ling silver, copper and glass enamels.”
“Many of my pieces are inspired by lines and shapes found in nature, which I then convey into jewelry design using geometric arrange- ment,” Mr. Kothrade says. “The act of forming the metal and building a piece is, in itself, in- spiring as well. Much of my work is created from scrap or recycled metal that I melt down and pour into ingots. With these ingots I cre- ate sheet or wire stock that I use to build my designs.”
Natalie Reed-Goehl features her pottery in the window this month as well. “I have been involved in one way or another with pottery
Tommy Elisas prepping a costume.
since high school where, while accelerated in classes I had large gaps to fill so I used three hours a semester my last two years in the ce- ramics department,” she tells me. “Once gradu- ated I thought I should try to get a degree for a ‘real’ job and was majoring in biology with pre-veterinary science and of course a minor in ceramics.”
“Life takes its twists and turns!” Ms. reed- Goehl says. “I got married in the midst of all that and before I knew it we had moved from Kansas to Wisconsin and had a child soon af- ter. I worked in ceramics as much as possible through my son’s baby and toddler years and as soon as he was more independent, I began to sell my work in Milwaukee where we had finally landed. Then we had the genius idea to add another child! We had Willow just be- fore Christmas 2011 and she is wonderful! I worked in the studio up until her birth and was back in it after I had recovered and she was about 4 months old and I haven’t stopped since.”
Ms. reed-Goehl makes functional stone- ware pieces that can be used daily, “I enjoy color and recently discovered I also like simple somewhat abstract motifs as well, and have added them to my repertoire of work,” she says.
“My pieces are all an evolution of something before. It’s been years of me slowly working my designs and adding one thing and chang- ing another as I see something new or find a better way. Our recent move from Wisconsin to Arizona seems to have prompted the most changes in my work as I found that I absolutely love Flagstaff and the sunshine! I have seen great changes in my work and life since arriv- ing here with my family.”
“The pieces I will have on display will vary from abstract silhouettes of wild flowers and birds to polka dots and splashes of red and tur- quoise and red glazes,” Ms. reed-Goehl contin- ues. “I love variety and color in my work, and hope people find it joyful. Most of my work is the kind of piece with inspiration that I cannot describe, but the birds were for my sister and

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