Thursday, July 23, 2015

Featuring Artist Leah Bowring

Leah Bowring is an artist who is a dynamic, balanced, and very intuitive young woman. To have a conversation with her, you come to realize how much synergy exists between her life and her art.

She creates ceramic pieces that are delicate, ethereal, and subtly detailed. Then another body of her work will be richly functional with a strong vitality about them.

During Leah's undergraduate years she spent time in Tokyo studying the Japanese language, historical ceramics, architecture and theater, while also teaching English in the interim between her formal degrees. She studied with Koiichi Koyama, a very accomplished Japanese potter, conducting personal research, analyzing traditional Japanese kilns while traveling throughout Japan. Her design aesthetic from this time is authentically apparent.

Leah now lives in Northern California and loves to run the trails surrounding the area. Here she achieves a rhythm and meditative state of mind, where creativity flows harmoniously without the interference and disquiet of the city. 

From her artist's statement:

"I make sculptural vessels to comment directly on a state of mind of clarity and lightness when experiencing open landscape. I make pots to take part in nourishing the body with this same tone of mindfulness and meditation. Forming habits to take care of the self are worthwhile, therefore I devote myself to these processes that can soothe; where mind, body and land can combine like a song."

Please visit Leah's website at Leah Bowring,  to learn more about her, where you will be amazed and enchanted by her many varied ceramic works of art. You may contact her at

Leah also has an upcoming show, the  2015 Winter Exhibition at the  Sager Bradis Gallery in Columbia, Mo. The Opening reception: January 1st.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A Time for Gratitude

There are times in life ( for me anyway) when I realize how very fortunate I am in so many ways. My family, my friends, the followers of this blog. It seems that even when life throws me a curve ball, there have always been many of you right by my side to help in any way you could.

Even if I do not thank you enough, please know that I appreciate you more than you can ever imagine and only hope that I can be there for you when you need me or at least pay it forward in some special way!

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Stems Soiree Event Benefiting The Arts

Summertime in the Kansas City area is filled with exciting events of all kinds to attend.  Recently my friend and jewelry designer Beth Cosner  ( her custom jewelry slideshow is below on my site) invited me to attend the Stem's Soiree benefiting The Arts and Recreation Foundation of Overland Park. It took place at one of the most beautiful settings in the area, The Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.  Beth brought her sister Nancy and I invited my daughter-in-law Robin for an evening of art, music, fireworks, food from over 20 area restaurants and fine wine from Dos Puentes!

I hope you enjoy some of the images from this very special evening and consider attending this fun filled cultural event next year if you are in the area. It is well worth the visit to the arboretum and botanical gardens any time!

Upon arrival, guests received a hand painted wine glass to carry through the the evening for tastings.

Fanciful Dancers along the garden paths!

A lovely waterfall spilling over stones into the water.

Artistic touches were found everywhere in the botanical gardens.

Thank you Beth for a wonderful art and fun filled evening at The Stems Soiree!

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