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bird in hand

by Cathy Broski
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  • the story

Take Flight

A bird is an apt symbol for peace—you cannot force it to come to you, but must welcome it in with patience, stillness and pure intent. This handcrafted stoneware sculpture captures that delicate moment of trust, that feeling of sanctuary that we seek for the world and within ourselves. Lovingly made by hand, each piece bears one-of-a-kind details, and no two are exactly alike. The intricate folds and lines in the hand and fingers are added after the clay is firm, to give them a distinctive and realistic feel. As an accent in your home or office, it offers a beautiful way for you to refocus your feelings and mind toward peace throughout the day. Handmade in Kansas City.

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stoneware, glaze
4" L x 3" W x 4" H
Care: dust with a dry duster or wipe with a damp cloth.
  • the maker

Cathy Broski

Cathy Broski's work is steeped in archetypal and personal symbolism. "Figures, houses, boats and pottery are all vessels to contain things we hold dear, and sometimes those things we would cast off. I chose these forms to work with because they have several levels of meaning I find intriguing to explore. The surfaces reflect my experience and attitude," she says.

Cathy feels that a figure in clay is "a three-dimensional canvas." Her goal is to allow the eye to explore the entire surface of the piece. Each piece begins on the potter's wheel or with clay slabs. Growing with the application of coils or additional slabs, her pieces take on their own life and form. She then carves the surface and let's the pieces dry. "The base color is applied and fired," she explains. "Once the first firing is complete, I apply and wipe off a combination of terra sigilattas, slips, stains and glazes, then fire again. This process is repeated until I achieve the desired effect."

Since receiving her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1990, she has worked in the ceramics field in many capacities.

"Presently I am represented by numerous galleries, teach many pottery classes, instruct workshops, sell at art fairs and have been published in several ceramic periodicals," says Cathy. "In 2000, my husband and I built my studio right outside our backdoor. Life is good."

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