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Melissa Woodburn

Novato, CA

For purchase, contact me (see below) for payment info and safe pick up instructions. This will be my 19th year participating in Marin Open Studios. I hope you can visit me virtually this year.

I am inspired by using a variety of media to express statements about the rhythms and cycles of living. The creative nature of the universe excites me and I filter this through my lens of female experience. In 1987, I helped found and run a freestanding birth center, teaching meditation techniques to pregnant moms to open their sense of feminine power in labor. This profound experience still influences my art today and can be seen in the many vessel shapes that I use.

I started working with pine needles in 1996, a direct result of living under some messy long needled pine trees, and added ceramic back into my mix of media in 2001, as a way to personally heal after the violence of 9/11.

While using traditional materials (pine needles and ceramic) and traditional methods (coiling and slab), I push the final product into a non-traditional sculptural vessel, while honoring the original rhythms of the materials. The finished vessels make statements about a moment in time, a sense of place, a cycle started, a cycle complete.

The Star (from the Leporid Tarot) 14h x 10 x 3"

Melissa Woodburn

Temperance (from the Leporid Tarot) 14h x 10w x 3d"

Melissa Woodburn

The Tower (From the Leporid Tarot) 14hx 10 x 3

Melissa Woodburn

The High Priestess (from the Leoporid Tarot) 14h x 10w x 3d"

Melissa Woodburn

Justice (from the Leporid Tarot) 14h x 10w x 3d"

Melissa Woodburn

The Moon (from the Leporid Tarot) 14h x 10w x 3d"

Melissa Woodburn

The Empress (from the Leporid Tarot) 14h x 10w x 3d"

Melissa Woodburn

The Good Mother 19h x 12w x 8d"

Melissa Woodburn

Boxing Hares 19h x 18w x 5d"

Melissa Woodburn

Odalisque 12h x 15w x 10d"

Melissa Woodburn

Scratching That Itch 10h x 11w x 8d"

Melissa Woodburn

On Guard 21h x 12w x 12d"

Melissa Woodburn

Still Life with Persimmons 2.5h x 10w x 4.5d"

Melissa Woodburn

Ode to Persimmons 9.5h x 13.5w x 4d"

Melissa Woodburn

Still Life with Persimmon 2.5h x 6w x 6d"

Melissa Woodburn

Persimmon Bending the Fabric of Space III 12h x 14w x 5d"

Melissa Woodburn

Tall Pit Fired Vessel with Gopher Wire Design 8h x 6w x 6d"

Melissa Woodburn

Large Round Pitfired Vessel 7h x 9w x 9d"

Melissa Woodburn

Small Pit Fired Vessel 4h x 4w x 4d"

Melissa Woodburn

Heart of the Home IV 7.5h x 5w x 2d"

Melissa Woodburn

Heart of the Home III 7.5h x 5w x 2d"

Melissa Woodburn

The Mothership 4h x 9w x 7.5d"

Melissa Woodburn

Rainbow Teapot 8h x 10w x 14d"

Melissa Woodburn

Whoozit Teapot 9h x 11.5w x 5d"

Melissa Woodburn

Undulate Vessel 12h x 9w x 7d"

Melissa Woodburn

One Perfect Autumn Weekend 5h x 12w x 14d"

Melissa Woodburn

Whazzits 10h x 24w x 5d"

Melissa Woodburn

Whoozzits 12h x 15w x 7d"

Melissa Woodburn

Inner Fire 7h x 20w x 12d"

Melissa Woodburn

Reflections of Earth and Sky 8h x 18w x 16d"

Melissa Woodburn

Lidded Treasure Keeper 2h x 3w x 3d"

Melissa Woodburn

Pear Sideboard Table 31h x 13w x 14d"

Melissa Woodburn