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Melissa Woodburn

Novato, CA

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.

This will be my 18th year participating in Marin Open Studios. I hope you can visit me in my Novato studio and enjoy my new low water pollinator's garden.

Reflections of Earth and Sky

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Heart of the Home IV

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Dancing Persimmons II

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Dancing Persimmons

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Balancing Persimmons

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Small Pit Fired Vessel

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Tall Pit Fired Vessel

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Pit Fired Vessel with Copper Wash Disk Design

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Still Life with Persimmons

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Still Life with Persimmon

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Heart of the Home III

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Heart of the Home

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Heart of the Home II

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Whoozit Teapot

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Lidded Treasure Keeper 2

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Rainbow Teapot

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Pear Sideboard Table

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Inner Fire

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Whoozzits

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Whazzits

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The Mothership

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One Perfect Autumn Weekend

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Undulate Vessel

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