I have always enjoyed working with wood and making things from “scratch”, but not until I drove by a pile of gorgeous cedar logs, that had been downed by Hurricane Frances, sitting out waiting for the garbage man, did I consider using wood that was not already cut and milled. I came back with my trailer and asked a rather surprised homeowner (I am a middle-aged woman) if I could take his woodpile. I haven’t bought a piece of wood for my art projects since.
Using found wood has given me access to wood that is not only free, but environmentally responsible and possessed of characteristics that would not be found in “store bought” wood. It has taught me to not plan a project then adapt the wood to that plan, but to study the wood and create a work that highlights the unique aspects of that particular piece. I am not deterred by worm holes, rusty spots from nails or knots-I seek them out! For me, cutting into log is like discovering a treasure.
Growing up in the mountains of Kentucky and living in rural Florida for 25 years has kept me in very close touch with the natural world and opened me up to see beauty in what is perceived as the “imperfections” inherent in it then highlight it in my work.
Ursula Vicari is a local fine art ceramicist specializing in hand built Raku ceramics. Her passion is creative expressionism and every item is completely hand built with respect and consideration for the thousands of years of processing clay in human history.
These items are available for purchase through the end of August. Prices range from $125 to $1200. For more information contact the Appleton Store at 352-291-4455 ext 1846.
Artist's Statement- “I believe mother nature creates unique, beautiful stones. My intention is to find some of her most unusual colors, shapes and designs – especially the ones that look like she painted a picture or have started crystals. These give me the inspiration to surround them in precious metal wire that enhance their beauty for wear-ability. My goal is that each owner of my creation experiences joy as in opening their first box of chocolates.”