Me and My Three Sisters
Watershed clay, wood-fired, temmoku glaze
9" X 9" X 11" (2003)
“Me and My Three Sisters” is inspired by the loving bond
I am fortunate to have with my sisters Jan, Kay and Helen.
See the excerpt below from the
review by art critic Kurt Shaw
in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Friday, May 30, 2003.
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Clay artist Ceil Leeper Sturdevant remembers those predawn
trips during her childhood when she and her family would pack
up their wood-paneled station wagon early on Sunday mornings
and head north from their home in Franklin to Lake Erie.
Once there, she and her sisters - Jan, Kay and Helen - would
collect shells while her father grilled a beachside breakfast
of bacon, eggs and toast on a gas grill.
It was just wonderful," Sturdevant says." I remember
we did it many times when I was a child."
It is her daughter, Helena, who collects shells whenever
Sturdevant travels to Lake Erie these days. But she looks
back on those early days fondly. So much so that it was the
inspiration for the piece "Me and My Three Sisters,"
which is the first of 23 works in clay created by Sturdevant
that visitors will see when entering the Clay Place Gallery
in Shadyside, where her solo show "Works in Green &
Blue" is on view.