“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.