Specimen Number 06242015 Photo Credit- eleanorheimbaughceramics.com
As a graduate student in ceramics the summer is often a time to return back to the refreshing comforts of marketable thrown vessel forms. Not this summer! I’m excited about the sculptural direction my work has taken and developing my artistic voice. This series combines a love of geology and artifacts with imaginative inquiry. What could fossils of the future look like?
Glenda Taylor Pitcher Image Credit- http://www.redlodgeclaycenter.com/resident-info.php?id=20#
Extraordinary, dedicated, understanding, and generous, these are just a few adjectives of an endless list that described Glenda Taylor; but words fall short. Glenda was one of my life teachers and a close friend. I had the privilege of being one of Glenda’s undergraduate students in ceramics at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas where she nurtured my love of clay and cycling. Students were Glenda’s number one priority and she was always willing to stop her day in order to help a student in need. When I would thank Glenda for the gifts she had given me through her mentorship she would simply reply, “Pass it on”. This was Glenda, the silent hero who gave and expected nothing in return. Glenda touched many people’s lives in a positive way as a dedicated teacher, department chair, athlete, and passionate leader in her community. A memorable phrase she once said to me was “Whatever you do with your life, you do it with gusto and passion.” We should all strive to work at Glenda’s high level of dedication and live our lives with the same gusto and passion that Glenda has so beautifully role modeled not only to me, but to all her students.