Monday, May 12, 2008

Gems from the Earth

These gems from the earth are made of mud from indigenous clays of Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Anna Bastida molds the clay into geode bowls (top) and ceramic platters with leaf, moss or bark prints (bottom). She sometimes recycles broken glass by melting it into her sculptures. The artist was in Selma Saturday for the Riverview Arts and Crafts Festival, which was canceled the previous weekend due to rain.
I wondered how she developed her artistic talents...by making mud pies of course! But, she also studied art in New York City and Maui.
(The leaf print piece is made from kudzu.)

12 comments:

Tanya said...

What a great talent! My mud pie making didn't really teach me much,lol.

babooshka said...

Very impressive and a great idea.

Jim said...

Neat, I would put the pots on my coffee table for display, couldnt ever put anything in them.

Small City Scenes said...

When I saw your pic first I thought there is a Craft Fair---Yep! Beautiful art. MB

zentmrs said...

Beautiful shot!

quintarantino said...

Those are fine pieces of art.

Lessie said...

I don't know if I could resist this pottery. Very nice.

charlotte fairchild said...

There are different shapes of kudzu leaves, but this looks beautiful!

Do a search on kudzu kwestions to see some of the 180,000 sites for kudzu recipes that are online, and the medicinal purposes, including 2 Harvard studies.

Halcyon said...

What beautiful pottery!

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

wish I could have seen all the art!

Chris said...

OH, kudzu! When we lived in GA., it was all over the place. We don't have it up here.

Love the art, though. Very nice.

smilnsigh said...

I love the colored ones!!!

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