Out of this world art

Extraterrestrial theme appears in Cedar Hill art show

The works of Lisa Samphire

Starfish Glassworks owner Lisa Samphire, together with Starfish alumni Jo Ludwig, exhibit both large and small decorative, as well as functional, glass at the main gallery in the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd.

Peggy Brackett, also a Starfish alumni, is chiming in with her well-received, well-made glass jewelry. Joining Samphire, Ludwig and Brackett are ceramists Sid Samphire, showing off his imaginative slab-built creations, and Adele Samphire, bringing her classic, functional work.

What is surprising about this show, perhaps merely the resultant imposition of a particular bent of mind, is a theme of things extraterrestrial.

The theme is most obvious in Ludwig’s deliberate reference to things alien. His Copper Moon and Blue Moon, with their Saturn-like rings and the spacy stands they sit on, as well as his Treasure Boxes, set the mood. This mood is carried by the out-of-this-world look and feel of the well known, glittering, precious little bowls he has built his reputation on.

Next to Lisa Samphire’s unorthodox christmas balls that conjure up distant, alien space craft hanging just above the horizon, some of Sid Samphire’s slab worked clay jugs, platters and vases provide the alien landscape.

Gently bringing everything back to earth is Adele Samphire’s wheel thrown, functional pottery.

This art exhibition and sale Gifts of Clay and Glass in 3 parts includes a preview, on until Dec. 14, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with only few tantalizing pieces from each artist. Part two is a gala evening, Dec. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. with punch, nibblies, artists and additional exhibits. Part three includes the show-and-sell, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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