while on campus for a week I made it my mission to
visit her studio; an unforgettable visit...
I hurried through breakfast so I could hike down the road towards Peisner's home and studio. It was early morning and the sun was just topping the mountains as I rounded the bend towards her drive.
In the quiet of the morning the rabbit hole beckoned,
revealing a visual advertisement/endorsement of area potters and their wares...
The sign on the door made the instructions clear....
Suddenly I was standing all alone in another world: the clay of Jane Peiser, self taught potter for over 45 years, master of the murrini style of building folk art scenes in colored clay, believer in the human spirit, a generous soul and lover of naturekind.
I carefully looked inside her delicate cups to see that the design, true to the murrini technique, went all the way through the clay.
I examined her tall vases and cups enjoying every bit of fantasy folk imagery and each detail of the carefully constructed clay canes.
I marveled at the range of stories and ideas she was able to convey with her designs and the addition of fun details such as flowers, hands, fingers and faces.
It was hard to select something for my own collection. Jane is represented now at only one gallery, Ariel Gallery in Asheville, NC. Time and age are taking their toll. She is doing more rug hooking now and less clay construction. I wanted a piece to remember this by.
I made my selections, wrapped them up, calculated the tax and left a check next to this note:
Would I regret this opportunity to meet a clay legend? Probably yes. But as much respect as she had for wanting to give me a lift, I too, had respect for her privacy at this early hour.
And so I huffed my way back up the hill listening to the birds and slowly emerging from a land that only art and imagination can build. I felt like Alice, leaving Wonderland, knowing my view had shifted slightly just for the visit.
Color Fully Yours,
p.s. Please click on the blue colored words above to be lead to more information regarding Peiser, Penland and the work termed murrini.