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Melissa Woodburn

Novato, CA

I'm holding my Open Studio OUTSIDE and IN PERSON at my home studio this year so we may all gather safely. I look forward to welcoming you with your mask on!

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.

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.

A chance encounter with two large jack rabbits in my front garden started me on a two year path of sculpting life size hares. Since August, 2019, I have been incorporating these hares into a series of bas relief sculptures of the Major Arcana of my own imagined tarot deck.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Boxing Hares 19h x 18w x 5d"

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Odalisque 12h x 15w x 10d"

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

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On Guard 21h x 12w x 12d"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Mothership 4h x 9w x 7.5d"

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Whoozit Teapot 9h x 11.5w x 5d"

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Undulate Vessel 12h x 9w x 7d"

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

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Whazzits 10h x 24w x 5d"

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Whoozzits 12h x 15w x 7d"

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Inner Fire 7h x 20w x 12d"

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

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

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