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Our gallery has been inextricably tied to the makers in our community since it's inception and their indelible fingerprints can be found on several pieces in the gallery. In form and function, they have in their own way supported our mission from day one and without their dedication and devotion, we would not have been the gallery we are today. These makers are true artisans and in some cases have spent years honing in on their craft. Some of them have in fact followed their calling and made it a career choice. Above all, they continue to support and find inspiration from each other to push their craft forward. The Healthcare Gallery's collaboration with Wonder South, is our way of giving back to these makers, a platform to showcase their beautiful, well-crafted work with the community they call home.











Molly Taylor
Wood-carved Jewelry Maker
beneaththebarkjewelry.com 

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Where you are from and one thing about that place that has impacted your creative work even today?

 

“I grew up on 20 acres about an hour and a half away from Baton Rouge in a little town called Bush, Louisiana. Being able to spend my youth mainly outdoors really molded me into the person and creative I am.”


 

What raw materials do you use, and how would you describe your end products, your creations, to someone who hasn’t seen them?

 

“I work with different types of wood ranging from cherry to pecan to Louisiana sinker cypress pulled from Lake Maurapas. Every piece is unique and one of a kind in its own way.”


 

Form and Function are two fundamental aspects of a created object. How do these two traits interplay in your work?

 

“I make jewelry out of each piece of wood that I come across. I use stainless steel materials with all my jewelry pieces, and I strive to make each piece of wood durable and long lasting for each client.”

 

What is the one thing, the most crucial thing during your process, that you know you must get absolutely right for a piece to work?

 

“The finish! I can cut and sand all day, but if the finish isn’t perfect, the piece is no good. I have been in business for a little over two years now, and it took many cases of trial-and-error to perfect my craft, and I still have so much more to learn!”

 

What in your daily life do you frequently experience that fills you with true wonder?

 

“Being able to live and doing what I want, when I want. I am truly blessed to live a free and creative life.”


Damien Mitchell
Leather & Canvas Designer
damienmitchell.us

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Where you are from and what is one thing about that place that has impacted your creative work even today?

 

“I’m from a small community in-between Rayne, La and Lafayette, La called Mire. It’s a very rural place, and while growing up none of my neighbors had kids my age, so I spent a lot of time entertaining myself by drawing or playing outside.”


  

What raw materials do you use, and how would you describe your end products, your creations, to someone who hasn’t seen them?

 

“I use mostly leather and canvas. I’d describe my aesthetic as modern and minimalist.”


 

Form and Function are two fundamental aspects of a created object. How do these two traits interplay in your work?

 

“For the most part, form follows function, but I like to create unique forms that challenge what we’re used to seeing.”


 

What is the one thing, the most crucial thing during your process, that you know you must get absolutely right for a piece to work?

 

“During the design process: proportion and ease-of-use. During the making process: pattern cutting.”

  

What in your daily life do you frequently experience that fills you with true wonder?

 

“Drawing. It allows me to express my thoughts visually on paper.”







Osa Atoe
Ceramicist
potterybyosa.com

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Where you are from and what is one thing about that place that has impacted your creative work even today?

 

“I’m from the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. My parents are immigrants from Nigeria, and many of my friends growing up had families from Iran, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Korea as well as across the U.S. My pottery definitely represents the multiculturalism of my upbringing.”
 

What raw materials do you use, and how would you describe your end products, your creations, to someone who hasn’t seen them?

 

“I use red clay, also known as earthenware, and I make my glazes from scratch following recipes that other potters have left behind. My pottery combines the earthiness of raw (or unglazed) terracotta with the smooth glossiness of glaze into a functional piece that can be used daily.”


Form and Function are two fundamental aspects of a created object. How do these two traits interplay in your work?

 

“Often in pottery, function can dictate form. If you need something to hold liquid, it has to be concave. If you want to make a vessel that pours, it needs to have a spout. I love the task of figuring out ways to make beautiful things that also work well.”


What is the one thing, the most crucial thing during your process, that you know you must get absolutely right for a piece to work?

 

“I can throw a perfect plate on the wheel and then accidentally trim it so thin that it breaks. Or I could trim it perfectly and then not dry it enough before firing and it might explode in the kiln. With pottery, there is no one crucial step. What you get in the end is the culmination of a long and wonderful process.”

 


What in your daily life do you frequently experience that fills you with true wonder?

 

“Sounds cliché, but nature. I just saw that our gardenia bush got it first blooms and got so excited! The endless variation and also harmony found in nature will always be inspiring to me.”


























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