"You do what you can and then it is really up to others to see if there's anything in the work for them, too. You can only deal with your own point of view, but something that touches you deeply is going to touch others too." So said clay sculptor Stephen De Staebler in a 1981 Ceramics Monthly interview. De Staebler, who was known for his grand human forms, died May 13 at age 78.
Previously, we recounted the winners of the Awards of Excellence at the 2011 American Craft Council show in St. Paul. Juror Mark Pharis did the honors this year. Pharis is a former student of Warren MacKenzie, and he teaches ceramics at the University of Minnesota, where he's been an instructor since 1985. Susan Mahlstedt, Lynn Joris Reintsema and K. Meta Reintsema, and B.J.
A number of artists at this year's St. Paul show are applying their skills - with ceramics, glass, fiber, metal, and wood - to beautiful lighting. Here's a quick list of some that caught my eye. There's still time to see this fantastic work in person, too: The show is open today until 5 o'clock. If you're not in the area (and even if you are), click on the artists' bolded names to visit their websites.