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Artist Mariann Leahy


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Biography


Ancient myths and symbols are my inspiration.  As a clay artist,  I celebrate symbols combining human and animal motifs.  These symbols show the emergence and mystery of life's energy.  My works combine artistic experience with a profound respect for nature and images from the past.Clay,  coming from the earth, provides me with a natural tactile connection with our world.  Using clay that contains a mica-rich surface,  I carefully draw stories in glazes on fired  clay.  These stories have been researched and influenced from the rich cultural traditions and ruins of the Southwest.Each piece is painted with many coats of glazes which come alive in  "brilliant colors" during the second firing process.  My hand built pieces echo ancient motifs in a contemporary style.Mariann is also a painter. Primarily painting with acrylics in vibrant colors like the ceramic glazes she uses,  she paints imagery of nature and surrounding landscapes.Mariann taught art on the high school level for over 18 years in the muticultural Chicago area where she did her graduate work in Ceramics at the Chicago School of the Art Insititute.  Since 1997, she has resided in Sedona, Arizona.In 2017, Mariann was named a Sedona Legacy Artist (one who has lived, been a working artist and shown in Galleries in Sedona for 20 years). Mariann's work can be seen at the Sedona Arts Center in Sedona, Arizona. 
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