A Clayful Duet
Roy Odom and Cindi Wills
March 6 - 28, 2015
Husband and wife artists Roy Odom and Cindi Wills have inspired each other's work for years, but their new show at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center is the first time their art has appeared on exhibition together for an extended amount of time. Their work is primarily seen at galleries in the DFW Metroplex, in the hill country as well as selected art shows across the Southwest.
Roy Odom and Cindi Wills – A Clayful Duet runs at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center from March 2 through March 28, and one can see how each plays off of the others’ work, how elements from each are combined in collaborative pieces, and how the juxtaposition of the diverse surfaces serve to complete and make a vibrant, exciting display of one of a kind ceramic art.
Roy says, 'Making ceramic art nourishes my soul and gives flight to the images and ideas derived from nature and the world around me. When I was first 'smitten' with clay, I knew I had to make it a part of my life. Studying with some wonderful potters like Joe Delwaide, Roger Tufts, Karmien Bowmen, Mike Grafe; and watching the work of countless others, I have been inspired to pursue and push the boundaries of my creativity...always reaching for a higher level. I am finally able to do what I have always known I should do – coax from the earth and submit to the fire the forms that live in my mind.'
Cindi is equally inspired by creativity and says, 'I have always had a strong desire to create. Music was a huge part of the beginning of my life and feeds my soul to this day. I learned to create using dynamics, nuance, and tone while singing. That creative drive took another direction when as an adult I became a crafter working with different materials to make the images that I envisioned come to life. However, when I first touched clay it released the creative impulses that had lived in me for years and even more than that…it created a connection and a completeness that gave my artistic life new dimension. It allowed me to conceive an idea, create it with my hands and experience its completion in a way nothing else has. The challenge embodied in hand-building one of a kind pieces with new and different textures is a fascinating thing to me. The process is like a wonderful song that speaks to that part of your soul nothing else can. Art is music for the eyes.'
There will be a reception during Gallery Night on March 28, 2015 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at which you will have the opportunity to meet the artists.