Gail is a studio potter working with stoneware, porcelain, and raku clays that require a multitude of decoration and firing approaches. Her pottery is unique and distinctive with special attention given to design, texture and form. Her work reveals a desire to reflect the beauty of creation. Representational sculpture is incorporated in many pieces that may develop into a thematic series. Gail’s present work is moving from the more functional dinnerware, fountains, sinks and vases to utilizing nature objects, such as seed pods, flowers, and shells for her inspiration in creating vases and wall hangings.
Jim Harper - Fine Art Wood Boxes
We are pleased to have Jim Harper exclusivly join us as our "wood guy" at the Gallery. After Phil Conlon had to stop creating his high quality boxes, he recommended Jim to take his place here at the Opera House Gallery. Jim produces the most beautiful jewelry boxes that we have seen. His jewelry boxes come with 5 lined removable shelves to carefully place ones valuable pieces. Each unique box comes with a label describing the species used in it's construction.
He also creates other boxes that may be used for a variety of purposes or just to have on display. One does not develop a full appreciation of Jim's work until you touch and feel the quality of his workmanship.
Sharon is from Lafayette, Indiana. She was born and raised in Lafayette, and moved away to learn glass blowing because there wasn’t any glass here. Chemistry glass blowing at Purdue University is the first hands-on experience she could get. From there, she had an apprenticeship at Florida for three years. She learned cross-fires, using a neon set-up and used lead crystal (which is kind of unusual for most people). From there, she was somewhat self-taught. When the opportunity arose, she started taking as many classes as possible from different masters. When she had the chance to travel, she went to Seattle; Corning, New York; North Carolina; and many other places to learn glass blowing because nothing was offered in the area.
Mary Firestone was born and raised in North Carolina, where at a young age, she discovered her medium while playing with the indigenous red clay in her own backyard. She set her art on the back burner, however, while she pursued a botany degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She now resides and works in Eden, a 4.5 acre garden she created in northeast Tippecanoe County. Mary is an Advanced Master Gardener, spending many volunteer hours “helping others grow.” Her love of plants and nature is evidenced in her choice of motifs and glaze colors in her pottery. Her work consists of mostly functional items for the home and garden created in high-fired stoneware and porcelain. She encourages collectors of her pieces to enhance their lives by using art on a daily basis.