I cannot remember a time that I wasn’t making things. It has always been “me”. I have been a potter for many years, and now I also am painting, to my delight. I paint mostly in acrylic and love that for the color – yes, the colors. With ceramics you don’t get to see the colors until you are finished.
I have been working with clay for over 25 years. Raku is a great love of mine- the surprise and spontaneity of the process feeds my need for instant gratification. Alternately, I enjoy the depth and flexibility that stoneware provides as a means to create functional items people use and touch every day. It is a process that teaches me patience. For the person purchasing a pottery piece, it is usually a thoughtful process. How will this fit in my home, my life…to be a part of that is extremely rewarding.
Interactive Soft Sculpture
Theater arts careers taught Peggy and Gordon Hayes how to breathe 3-D life into a written story. But their 30-year journey to bring 3-D life to the iconic dragon has the hallmark of a mythic quest!
1976 was a magical year for Peggy and Gordon. They had just finished designing the world premier staging of Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn. It was also the Year of the Dragon, and their first son, Josh, was born on opening night!
By 1980, Gordon was reading books from the McCaffrey series, “Dragonriders of Pern,” to TWO young sons, and Peggy was making toy dragons to bring the stories to life. In the books, dragons help protect the people of Pern, embodying “all the wonderful attributes of the true companion,” as the Hayes put it. Together, they began to create “interactive soft sculpture” dragons that they call “the closest thing to real.” Peggy fashioned the soft body parts and Gordon sculpted the harder heads, horns, and tail tips. Each dragon is “born” of a collaborative effort and each is one-of-a-kind!
Take a closer look! Each dragon has its own unique personality and form. Skin can be soft, smooth, or scale-like; bellies are furry or sparkle like jewels. With parts that can be “posed,” they perch, coil and curl life-like in their surroundings. No wonder the Hayes have led workshops for happy customers on training their dragons! (You can reach the Hayes email@example.com for more information.)
Take time to meet and greet the dragons in our gallery! You may discover your own unique dragon companion – your personal connection to the mythic realm!