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The convoluted origins of my salt and pepper shakers

It’s amusing how ideas come about.

Recently I was asked to be in “Salt” a fund raiser for the Carbondale Art Center in Carbondale, Colorado. I was extremely honored to be asked. Afterwards, when I came back down to earth, I had the realization I never made a salt and pepper shaker! A little panic set in as, I was sitting in my studio pondering salt and pepper shakers, distraught with my new venture. What shape should they be? How big do I make the holes? What words should go them?

CERF Tip of the Hat

CERF Tip of the Hat

All these thoughts obsessing me, my eyes landed on the miniature “hat” I made for Crafts Emergency Relief Fund, A tip of the Hat. Before I was asked to be in “Salt”, I was asked to be one of the artists for CERF. I was enormously honored to be a part of their 2008 collection. But making my “hat” for them put me in a massive quandary, I had never made a hat, nor had I made anything that small. I went through several hats, I made a baseball cap, I made a crown, and I made a jester’s hat. None of which, I thought represented my work or looked very good. As I sat dejected in my studio wondering what I had gotten myself into, I noticed one of my architectural style vessels it was stored upside down. I thought that kind of resembles a “hat”. I’ll try to make one of those for CERF.

Back to the studio and salt and pepper shakers, my ongoing epiphany, of the miniature “hat”, I had the realization the “hat” kind of resembles a salt and pepper shaker. And a new series was born…

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