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Kiln Work of Two Women Artists Celebrated at Turquoise Tortoise in Sedona


“Many Hands” by Mariann Leahy, ceramic, 13” x 17”. To be unveiled on 1st Friday at Turquoise Tortoise, A Bryant Nagel Gallery in Sedona.

“Many Hands” by Mariann Leahy, ceramic, 13” x 17”. To be unveiled on 1st Friday at Turquoise Tortoise, A Bryant Nagel Gallery in Sedona.


Originally Published: May 25, 2018 11:23 a.m.

While their chosen mediums of fused glass and ceramics, respectively, may be quite different, it is their expertise with the kiln that unites artists Lydia Ann Piper and Mariann Leahy.

Both unveil new works at an artists’ reception for “Lydia Ann Piper & Mariann Leahy: From the Kiln” opening 1st Friday, June 1st, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Turquoise Tortoise, a Bryant Nagel Gallery, in Sedona, Arizona. At 6:30 p.m. during the opening, attendees will be treated to a joint Artists’ Interview presentation with both artists, led by Dr. Jennifer Bryant Nagel.

“When I create my glass art, I start out with disorder.” This is what one needs to appreciate about the fused glass work of Lydia Ann Piper: She loves to create order, to wrangle out patterns from where none seem apparent. Piper’s techniques are exacting and time-consuming involving the intricate arrangement of her colors and two firings before each is “cold-worked,” which includes creating the hallmark matte finish she gives to each piece. With Southwest colorations as well as particular palettes, such as her heart-felt series in yellow and black that honors the vastly important role our diminishing population of bees plays in our environment, Lydia Ann Piper conveys both beauty and meaning.

“Clay, coming from the earth, provides for me a natural tactile connection with our fragile world,” artist Mariann Leahy has written. After teaching art for over fifteen years in the multicultural Chicago area, Mariann Leahy returned to the Art Institute of Chicago with a scholarship for graduate work to study ceramics. By combining her love of painting with her skills with clay, Leahy developed a style distinctly her own. Ancient myths and symbols serve as inspiration with stories feeding into every piece she creates. In her wide variety of ceramic artworks Mariann Leahy gives a contemporary look to works that echo ancient motifs.

Come meet both Southwest artists, women artists who have created their own unique artistic visions.

In Sedona, Arizona, “Lydia Ann Piper & Mariann Leahy: From the Kiln” runs through June 10th.

Visit www.Facebook.com/TurquoiseTortoiseGallerySedona; or follow Instagram.com/TurquoiseTortoiseGallery. Turquoise Tortoise Gallery, 928/282-2262, www.TurquoiseTortoiseGallery.com, located at Hozho, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona, AZ.

Open Daily: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.