The show “Earthly Presence” features ceramics and jewelry that transform nature’s elements into objects of beauty
Laura Bruzzese and Carol Salomon are inspired by and utilize basic natural elements such as clay, stones and metals in their hand crafted, unique works. Bruzzese’s porcelain vessels and Salomon’s beaded jewelry transform these raw earth materials into objects of beauty and contemplation.
Bruzzese, who lives in New Mexico, a landscape replete with views of mountains, mesas and volcanic formations, takes it all in when decorating the surfaces of her porcelain vessels. Each vessel, whether a covered jar or a vase, offers a scene of the natural world, from close-ups of flora and fauna to the grand, sweeping vistas found around her. She uses a potter’s wheel and her training as a painter combined with her love for the earth to craft her nature-inspired ceramic vessels.
Bruzzese earned a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago with an emphasis in painting and drawing.
Salomon collects beads from around the world and imaginatively creates distinctive jewelry. Her one-of-a-kind designs are crafted from new and vintage beads such as hand-carved cinnabar, aquamarine, keshi pearls, New Zealand Paua shells, Indonesian glass beads, Mongolian tribal beads and antique cloisonné beads and pendants often combined with silver and other precious metals. Salomon offered, “What I love is the prowl and have found wonderful beads everywhere we’ve traveled.”
Sorrel Sky owner, Shanan Campbell Wells, said, “Laura and Carol are both very passionate about their creative processes and this passion is embodied in their beautiful work.”
Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 75 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York and jewelry artist Ben Nighthorse, among others.