August Features: Reflections by Marcia O

"Peony, Pear and Glasses," by Sandra Davis, and "Flying," by Marcia O'Rourke

“Peony, Pear and Glasses,” by Sandra Davis, and “Flying,” by Marcia O’Rourke


My first serious sculpture was a turtle carved from a bar of Ivory soap. I spent my entire allowance on bars of Ivory soap. I have continued to

sculpt since then! And turtles continue to interest me.

I work in clay and I also paint and draw. Almost any medium is a potential opportunity for creative expression. Still, the responsive, organic

nature of the clay continues to call to me, excite me and satisfy my senses.


My work features clay sculptures predominately depicting portals or gateways leading the viewer on a journey. I’ve been inspired by dreams and my travels to ancient and sacred sites on this continent and abroad. The mystery evoked by partially hidden doors and steps curving beyond sight has always drawn me. I am reminded of possibility and choice, each path a different future, each door opening to another experience.

My sculptures are most often Raku fired. This method produces lustrous metallic and crackle glazes against a black clay body which creates the sense of mystery I want to achieve.

Although my work comes from my own experiences and observations, the intent is to inspire the viewer’s imagination and inner vision. I invite you to come closer, experience the mystery, enter another world and imagine…


How do you capture and express the truth, beauty and mystery of what you see? That\’s what I attempt to do whether painting inside the studio or outdoors en plein air. I am a painter of light and moments in time. The spontaneity, freshness and vitality of plein air transfers to my studio work, as does drawing or painting the figure from life. I paint what I know in order to know it better. I paint what is true for me in the moment.

My studio paintings are inner landscapes; each painting has its own story.

LIVE MUSIC ALERT!! On First Friday, August 3, 2012, guitarist/floutist David Hummingbird will grace our guests with his original heart songs. Fabulous art in a peaceful garden setting, with beautiful music. We hope to see you there!

VISIT ASHLAND ARTWORKS’ five galleries brimming with the unique creations of 14 local artists. View watercolors that make you laugh, clay pots that tilt and dance, wire sculptures of all things imaginable, clocks built from collected antique parts, hand-painted silk scarves swirling with colors, clay birds who hold coffee cups, assemblages fashioned from parts of pianos, watches, violins and more. Walk through our gardens or relax on our deck along the creek.

Summer Hours: Wed 11 to 3, Thurs-Fri-Sat 10 to 5, Sun 11 to 3, Closed Mon & Tues

AAW is home to these other outstanding local artists…
Elin Babcock’s Assemblage, Jewelry, & Paintings,
Marydee Bombick’s Functional and Garden Pottery,
Monique Barker’s Tibetan-style Weaving & Masks,
Sandra Davis’ Plein Air Oil Paintings, Prints & Cards,
Don Gilmer’s Assemblage Clocks,
Sierra Gwin’s Nature Inspired Silver Jewelry,
Cheryl Kempner’s Jewelry, Garden Art & Crazy Clay Birds,
Catherine McElroy’s Beautiful Watercolors, Prints & Art Cards,
Marcia O’Rourke’s Wall Reliefs, Paintings & Cards,
George Popa’s Dimensional Wire Sculptures,
Marilyn Reeves’ Narrative Clay Sculptures,
Lorene Senesac’s Raku Sculpture & Wall Reliefs,
Connie Simonsen’s Handpainted Silk Scarves,
John Weston’s Fine Woodwork & Cutting Boards.

"Passages" by Lorene Senesac

“Passages” by Lorene Senesac