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Mia -- very interesting effect in this photo. The longer I take to look at this image, the more I like it. The way you have pulled your...

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Charles Tryon
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I have had a passion for clay and sculpture for as long as I can remember. Though I grew up in a very technical and computer oriented family, some of my fondest memories are of summer pottery classes at the local art museum. In college, I took a turn toward mathematics and computer science, and over the next 35 years, I followed a fulfilling and profitable career as a Software Engineer. However, I never forgot my love for sculpture.

I am still amazed by the pure joy I experience when I have my hands in the clay. I find that my work communicates on many different levels, from the practical and utilitarian to a simple reflection of the beauty I see around me. It may expresses a response of hope or fear or love, or it may be a simply reflection the little kid inside of me at play. For me, clay and sculpture become a language to express thoughts, emotions, or insights for which I have no words.

As much as I love to create with clay, I also love to teach others to experience that same joy. Young people are naturally drawn to clay, even when their technical skills are simple. With a little bit of instruction and encouragement, they quickly gain the confidence that they too can create something of value. Clay is such a malleable material that the art flows naturally from their active imaginations.

More recently, my journey has been discovering what it looks like to integrate the truth of my relationship with Christ, and my expression as an artist. I am learning to let the creative process develop in such a way that it reflects the complicated dynamic of my Faith–something which is not always pretty or positive or well understood, but which carries underneath it the reality of Hope.

Thus the theme, “Reflecting faith, hope and beauty through art.”

Current Residence: Fayetteville, GA




Listening II
Fired Terracotta clay, 10" tall

I just realized that I'd never posted this piece as finished.  (See the WIP at: )

As a number of my figure sculptures were broken during a storm in the spring of 2017, I set out to re-create some of my favorites. There is always a tension between trying to exactly reproduce the original, and trying to expand on the idea which the original grew out of.

An artist is not someone who draws or paints. An artist is someone who sees and hears what others do not see or hear.”

unfired terracotta clay, 14"

Southern Hands Artist Studio Tour, 2018. This is the piece I was working on during the Tour, as I was talking with guests coming into the studio.
From a sketch done in the drawing from life class, transformed into sculpture. This is at the point where it is finished except for firing

For two views from the back:

(And yes, it is possible to make a tutu out of clay. ;-) )
Little Dreamer
fired Black Raven clay. 10"

Just realized that I had never uploaded this finished piece.  Created last year (Aug, 2017)
Once again, I am preparing to head to Italy for a three month arts program.  Two years ago, I went as a student, mostly so I could go through the experience of the program myself before trying to lead others through it.  This time, I will be part of the teaching/mentoring staff.  Looking forward to a group of around 17, mostly young art students from around the world (dance, visual arts, music and drama), gathering to work together, understanding themselves and the world around us more deeply, so that we can reflect that through our art.

One interesting thing is that I have already worked with a couple of the participants on previous trips, so it will be good to see them again, and hear where their journey has taken them since we last met.

I will still be online some, but not having a lot of time to keep up... so don't worry if I don't get back to you right away.  I'm still listening to you and want to see your creativity.  ;-)

Be blessed.  Be a bringer of Light and Beauty.  Be whole.




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wren2002 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou by wren2002  for Watching meHeart Heart 
Observer14 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I watch people when I find someone (a) with interesting art, or (b) who is an interesting person.  Sometimes I'm lucky enough to find someone who is both. ;-)

Welcome.    ;-)
wren2002 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
It honestly means so much to hear you say that. Hug 
Observer14 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
ClairObscur16 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2018
 Thank you, dear...Charles  ;) (Wink)  for watching me!
Observer14 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Looking forward to more conversations.
ClairObscur16 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2018
For longer comments, i"ll write a Note!
Observer14 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
hieronymushoefer Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018
happy birthday :)
Observer14 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, thanks!
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