from Donald Miller's article " Artist Finds a Space in Her
Own Back Yard", published January 1, 1994, in the Pittsburgh
year and half ago, Sturdevant found herself without a studio when
ceramicist Riksta Powell, with whom she shared a studio in Wexford,
died. Without a workspace, Sturdevant worked for a while in her
garage and then on a rear deck of her house. "On the deck
I even worked in thunderstorms. When it was windy, I would hold
my sculptures up so they wouldn't fall."
then built a five foot square pavillion to protect a gas heated
kiln. "That was not satisfactory...(so she decided to build
a studio in her backyard). I wanted ...the studio to have high
ceilings...to reflect the (1950's Tudor) architecture of the house...and
I asked for lots of windows."
of all the studio fits in with the landscape. The windows face
the neighbors woods...In the summer the glass double front doors
can open to the outdoors as the sculptor builds her lifesize stoneware
request for windows had an unexpected Japanese followup. The architect
fitted unusually shaped clerestory windows in the studios roofs
gables, meeting Sturdevant's request for as much light as possible.
From the windows she can see the moon. "A Japanese friend
had a tea ceremony in the studio. There we were drinking green
tea and looking at the moon. It was wonderful and magical."