Sam Kelley -- pottery
Sam is a clay artist. He started his career as a hobby in 1980 but was soon immersed in the never-ending possibilities that clay afforded him. He focused on hand building and pit firing, eventually teaching at Seward Park Art Center in Seattle. He was encouraged to pursue his career by co-worker Ed Fitzpatrick, a professional wheel thrown-potter. He was discovered by Tracy Shaw, owner of Latienda Gallery, Seattle, featuring his work in a one-man show that quickly sold-out. That set him on the path of gallery and private collector. Connections encouraged his path. He was always influenced by southwestern Native American pottery. The first time he entered a Hopi village in Arizona, he felt he had come home, immediately recognizing a Kachina as a element of dreams that he had drawn throughout his childhood. That influence grows ever stronger in his recent works. His work is his meditation. He hopes to inspire those encountering it with a sense of the Spirit that Creates all. He currently has work scattered in galleries throughout the Southwest and in the Seattle area.