IMG_1306I have some hot out of the kiln new work along with some older favorites slated to show at “Feminine Voices in Clay: Carolyn Nelson, Sandi Bransford, Thorly James” at Gallery One in Ellensburg. http://www.gallery-one.org/exhibits/upcoming.html It looks like a beautiful venue that I look forward to seeing. I’m borrowing a van to drive my chosen pieces over the mountains. Preparing my inventory list today! Opening May 2nd.

Closer to (my) home, look for “Animals” a group show at ArtsWest opening June 12th. http://www.artswest.org/gallery-exhibits/animals-group-show/

Hope to see you there!

When I read, “I don’t see the elephant. I see the Lord.” in Christy and Stirton’s National Geographic article “Blood Ivory”, I felt helpless, angry, and frustrated.  But motivated to do what I can…which is sculpt.

My intention is to throw a pebble in the ocean, hoping a ripple reaches Asia where demand for ivory is burgeoning. I appeal to every person’s higher self, your inner Buddha, insha’Allah, to see the elephant.

This ceramic sculpture is a maquette (study model) for a large, free standing piece I plan to build where the elephant will be human-sized.

You are invited to view this maquette at Seward Park Clay Studio’s Gallery at the Seattle Design Center . 5701 Sixth Ave S.  I will be there during ART@SDC’s monthly Third Thursday artwalk from 6pm-9pm, June 20th.  This piece is an addition to the show Authentic/Imaginary that includes 10 more of my sculptures, as well as work by Ling Chun and Julie Ives.

Directions to SDC http://www.seattledesigncenter.com/generalInfo/directions.php

My website: http://www.thorlyjames.com

I applaud and thank National Geographic for publishing the investigative article “Blood Ivory” by Bryan Christy and Brent Stirton in October 2012.  Here is a link to the article: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/10/ivory/christy-text

You can listen to a 10 minute news story here: http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/02/19/blood-ivory/

Send this link of Li Bingbing to your friends in China: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKI5lo9AuWM&feature=youtu.be   See the elephant IMG_1856 IMG_1853

The National Geographic article that inspired my latest sculpture

I felt angry and frustrated by my helplessness. I’m compelled to do what I can…which, as a sculptor, is to make a sculpture.

He claims, “I don’t see the elephant. I see the Lord.”

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