Statement

The Ex Voto project has been brewing for some time.  It started ruminating during the launch of the Take A Wish project and took hold during a trip to Rome spent scouring churches and cathedrals, contemplating shrines, votives and memento mori.  Every sight set off a ping in my heart, but it took years to get me to this point of artistic expression.  Even now I have trouble articulating this project.

According to www.fisheaters.com, Ex Votos "are actions or material things vowed to God (or promised to a Saint for their intercession with God) in return for a hoped-for miracle, offered in thanksgiving for an already-answered prayer, or given in thanksgiving for blessings not asked for."*

After my visit to Rome I thought, "what if I turn the 12 wishes in Take A Wish into prayers offered as ex-votos?"  I can put the wish (now prayer) on the front, a specific concern on the back and create an votive urn to place it in. 

Since they are burdens of the heart, the ex-voto would be the heart shape common those found in the churches I visited.  By inscribing each with the prayer and the specific concern and placing it into the urn and closing the lid, I in effect remove the burden (usually something I cannot change) from my heart, and put it in God's hands.  In making the tokens I realized the need to create two new categories- "Private Prayers," a personal one for the things that are just between me and God, and "Go Away."  Who doesn't have someone or something in their life that if they just went away things would be better?

Thus began a project that I feel will go on for the rest of my life.  My concerns are personal, far reaching, ever changing and never ending.  I have family conflicts that need Divine intervention, sick friends who need a miracle, dead loved ones I am mourning.  But I also fret over those all over the world who are suffering from poverty, disease, political unrest, violence, natural disaster and social injustice.  How can we collectively help these souls except through prayer?  In prayer lies collective power, in prayer lies clarity, in prayer lies courage and strength to take action. Prayer marks the beginnings of change.

*http://fisheaters.com/votiveofferings.html


A Sharp Mind
In process; begun 2012
Ceramic, Glass, metal, fabric, wireless color mix led lighting
NFS
Approx 18" h x 13" w x 6" d
Multi fire earthenware and stoneware, fabric and metal tassel; glass, wireless color mix led lighting

Who doesn't want A Sharp Mind? Attention span and memory capacity are shrinking as multi tasking and interactive technology are mandatory. In an era of fake news and rejection of science who are going to be our sharp minds to bring us to a better future?

Prayers inscribed on ex voto tokens:
Barack Obama;
Temple Grandin;
Jaren Lanier, You are Not a Gadget;
Alice Waters, Mother of the locavore movement;
J K Rowling;
Colin Beavan, No Impact Man;
Steve Jobs;
P D James, Writer;
Janet Evanovich, Writer;
Stephen Hawking, Theoretical physicist, cosmologist;
Harriet McBryde Johnson, Disability activist;
Dementia sufferers and their families;
Enough to Share
2012 - 2019
Ceramic, glass, adhesive, plastic, wireless color mix led lighting
NFS
17.5" h x 11.75" diameter
Multifired stoneware, blown and fused glass, plastic, wireless color mix led lighting.

Everyone wants enough to share. No one wants someone to go hungry while they enjoy a banquet; no one wants to see someone be homeless while they sleep in a comfortable bed,or at least I hope not. I fear not everyone feels this way.

Prayers inscribed on ex voto tokens:
Money makes sane people cuckoo;
How much do you need in order to start;
Warren Buffett wants to give away 99 percent of his
billions to charity;
Battling childhood obesity in the United States;
Mother Teresa: moved Heaven and Earth for the poorest of the poor;
Bill and Melinda Gates, Use their wealth to make a
healthier world;
Occupy Wall Street Movement;
Potters for Peace, Clean Water for the Poor;
Doctors Without Borders;
You can do better;
Practice Tithing;
Give Away what you don't use;
Enough to Share
2012 - 2019
Ceramic, glass, adhesive, plastic, wireless color mix led lighting
NFS
17.5" h x 11.75" diameter
Multifired stoneware, blown and fused glass, plastic, wireless color mix led lighting.

Everyone wants enough to share. No one wants someone to go hungry while they enjoy a banquet; no one wants to see someone be homeless while they sleep in a comfortable bed,or at least I hope not. I fear not everyone feels this way.

Prayers inscribed on ex voto tokens:
Money makes sane people cuckoo;
How much do you need in order to start;
Warren Buffett wants to give away 99 percent of his
billions to charity;
Battling childhood obesity in the United States;
Mother Teresa: moved Heaven and Earth for the poorest of the poor;
Bill and Melinda Gates, Use their wealth to make a
healthier world;
Occupy Wall Street Movement;
Potters for Peace, Clean Water for the Poor;
Doctors Without Borders;
You can do better;
Practice Tithing;
Give Away what you don't use;
Enough to Share
2012 - 2019
Ceramic, glass, adhesive, plastic, wireless color mix led lighting
NFS
17.5" h x 11.75" diameter
Multifired stoneware, blown and fused glass, plastic, wireless color mix led lighting.

Everyone wants enough to share. No one wants someone to go hungry while they enjoy a banquet; no one wants to see someone be homeless while they sleep in a comfortable bed,or at least I hope not. I fear not everyone feels this way.

Prayers inscribed on ex voto tokens:
Money makes sane people cuckoo;
How much do you need in order to start;
Warren Buffett wants to give away 99 percent of his
billions to charity;
Battling childhood obesity in the United States;
Mother Teresa: moved Heaven and Earth for the poorest of the poor;
Bill and Melinda Gates, Use their wealth to make a
healthier world;
Occupy Wall Street Movement;
Potters for Peace, Clean Water for the Poor;
Doctors Without Borders;
You can do better;
Practice Tithing;
Give Away what you don't use;
Enough to Share
2012 - 2019
Ceramic, glass, adhesive, plastic, wireless color mix led lighting
NFS
17.5" h x 11.75" diameter
Multifired stoneware, blown and fused glass, plastic, wireless color mix led lighting.

Everyone wants enough to share. No one wants someone to go hungry while they enjoy a banquet; no one wants to see someone be homeless while they sleep in a comfortable bed,or at least I hope not. I fear not everyone feels this way.

Prayers inscribed on ex voto tokens:
Money makes sane people cuckoo;
How much do you need in order to start;
Warren Buffett wants to give away 99 percent of his
billions to charity;
Battling childhood obesity in the United States;
Mother Teresa: moved Heaven and Earth for the poorest of the poor;
Bill and Melinda Gates, Use their wealth to make a
healthier world;
Occupy Wall Street Movement;
Potters for Peace, Clean Water for the Poor;
Doctors Without Borders;
You can do better;
Practice Tithing;
Give Away what you don't use;
A Loving Family
2012 - 2019
Ceramic, fusible glass, wireless color mix led lighting
NFS
14" h x 10.5" diameter
Raku fired stoneware, stoneware fired in oxidation, fused glass, wireless color mix led lighting

Everyone needs a loving family whether it be biological or found.

Prayers inscribed on ex voto tokens:
Unconditional love and forgiveness, respectful
communication;
Civil Unions and civil rights for all;
Loving parents grateful children;
Love despite failings;
Tolerance of lifestyle choices;
Tough love when necessary;
A sense of humor a sense of wonder a sense of the other;
The wisdom to know when to react and what to do;
Comfort when needy;
Maintenance of dignity;
Mutual respect;
Healthy boundaries;
Shelter from storms;
Loyalty fidelity trust;
A Loving Family
2012 - 2019
Ceramic, fusible glass, wireless color mix led lighting
NFS
14" h x 10.5" diameter
Raku fired stoneware, stoneware fired in oxidation, fused glass, wireless color mix led lighting

Everyone needs a loving family whether it be biological or found.

Prayers inscribed on ex voto tokens:
Unconditional love and forgiveness, respectful
communication;
Civil Unions and civil rights for all;
Loving parents grateful children;
Love despite failings;
Tolerance of lifestyle choices;
Tough love when necessary;
A sense of humor a sense of wonder a sense of the other;
The wisdom to know when to react and what to do;
Comfort when needy;
Maintenance of dignity;
Mutual respect;
Healthy boundaries;
Shelter from storms;
Loyalty fidelity trust;
A Loving Family
2012 - 2019
Ceramic, fusible glass, wireless color mix led lighting
NFS
14" h x 10.5" diameter
Raku fired stoneware, stoneware fired in oxidation, fused glass, wireless color mix led lighting

Everyone needs a loving family whether it be biological or found.

Prayers inscribed on ex voto tokens:
Unconditional love and forgiveness, respectful
communication;
Civil Unions and civil rights for all;
Loving parents grateful children;
Love despite failings;
Tolerance of lifestyle choices;
Tough love when necessary;
A sense of humor a sense of wonder a sense of the other;
The wisdom to know when to react and what to do;
Comfort when needy;
Maintenance of dignity;
Mutual respect;
Healthy boundaries;
Shelter from storms;
Loyalty fidelity trust;
A Loving Family
2012 - 2019
Ceramic, fusible glass, wireless color mix led lighting
NFS
14" h x 10.5" diameter
Raku fired stoneware, stoneware fired in oxidation, fused glass, wireless color mix led lighting

Everyone needs a loving family whether it be biological or found.

Prayers inscribed on ex voto tokens:
Unconditional love and forgiveness, respectful
communication;
Civil Unions and civil rights for all;
Loving parents grateful children;
Love despite failings;
Tolerance of lifestyle choices;
Tough love when necessary;
A sense of humor a sense of wonder a sense of the other;
The wisdom to know when to react and what to do;
Comfort when needy;
Maintenance of dignity;
Mutual respect;
Healthy boundaries;
Shelter from storms;
Loyalty fidelity trust;
Peace Everywhere
2018 (voto tokens made 2012)
Stoneware, glass, led lighting
NFS
15" h x 11" w x 6" d
Raku fired stoneware, fused window and wire window glass, irridescent glass nuggets, led wiring.

Containes the following ex-voto prayers regarding Peace Everywhere:
Tolerance and compromise are essential
How is this possible if family members can't get along
War is a viscious cycle of greed and revenge exacting death & suffering upon mainly innocent populations
Yo Christian conservatives and ultra liberals it's the
UNITED states of America
80 shot dead Norwegian youth camp
Shooting Toulouse France
London Subway Bombings
Shooting of Gabby Giffords, Tuscon, Az, 6 dead 14
wounded
2007 Virginia Tech Shootings, 33 dead, 25 wounded
2008 Mumbai Hotel Attacks, 164 Dead, 308 wounded
US soldier kills 17 Afghan Civilians, 9 childred, 8
adults
2004 School hostage crisis, Beslan, Russia, 385 dead 783 wounded
Patience and Courage
2018 (voto tokens made 2012)
Stoneware, fused glass, led lighting
NFS
11" h x 6.5" w x 10" d (irreg)
Raku fired stoneware with fused glass embedded with mica and soil from Sanctuario de Chimayo, Chimayo, New Mexico, USA, led lighting.

Contains the following ex-voto prayers regarding
Patience and Courage:
Tornado Survivors Joplin Missouri
May you survive the recession and prosper soon
Tornado survivors of Midwestern USA
Earthquake and tsunami survivors in Japan
To all active duty military and their families
To those suffering a the hands of abusers
To those pursuing lifelong dreams
To those battling addictions
To youths contemplating suicide
To those on their deathbed and those who love them
To seniors living alone
To all undergoing cancer treatment
To all waiting for organ transplants
To those who hear the word "no" over and over again
Patience and Courage
2018 (voto tokens made 2012)
Stoneware, fused glass, led lighting
NFS
11" h x 6.5" w x 10" d (irreg)
Raku fired stoneware with fused glass embedded with mica and soil from Sanctuario de Chimayo, Chimayo, New Mexico, USA, led lighting.

Contains the following ex-voto prayers regarding
Patience and Courage:
Tornado Survivors Joplin Missouri
May you survive the recession and prosper soon
Tornado survivors of Midwestern USA
Earthquake and tsunami survivors in Japan
To all active duty military and their families
To those suffering a the hands of abusers
To those pursuing lifelong dreams
To those battling addictions
To youths contemplating suicide
To those on their deathbed and those who love them
To seniors living alone
To all undergoing cancer treatment
To all waiting for organ transplants
To those who hear the word "no" over and over again
Patience and Courage
2018 (voto tokens made 2012)
Stoneware, fused glass, led lighting
NFS
11" h x 6.5" w x 10" d (irreg)
Raku fired stoneware with fused glass embedded with mica and soil from Sanctuario de Chimayo, Chimayo, New Mexico, USA, led lighting.

Contains the following ex-voto prayers regarding
Patience and Courage:
Tornado Survivors Joplin Missouri
May you survive the recession and prosper soon
Tornado survivors of Midwestern USA
Earthquake and tsunami survivors in Japan
To all active duty military and their families
To those suffering a the hands of abusers
To those pursuing lifelong dreams
To those battling addictions
To youths contemplating suicide
To those on their deathbed and those who love them
To seniors living alone
To all undergoing cancer treatment
To all waiting for organ transplants
To those who hear the word "no" over and over again
Patience and Courage
2018 (voto tokens made 2012)
Stoneware, fused glass, led lighting
NFS
11" h x 6.5" w x 10" d (irreg)
Raku fired stoneware with fused glass embedded with mica and soil from Sanctuario de Chimayo, Chimayo, New Mexico, USA, led lighting.

Contains the following ex-voto prayers regarding
Patience and Courage:
Tornado Survivors Joplin Missouri
May you survive the recession and prosper soon
Tornado survivors of Midwestern USA
Earthquake and tsunami survivors in Japan
To all active duty military and their families
To those suffering a the hands of abusers
To those pursuing lifelong dreams
To those battling addictions
To youths contemplating suicide
To those on their deathbed and those who love them
To seniors living alone
To all undergoing cancer treatment
To all waiting for organ transplants
To those who hear the word "no" over and over again
Patience and Courage
2018 (voto tokens made 2012)
Stoneware, fused glass, led lighting
NFS
11" h x 6.5" w x 10" d (irreg)
Raku fired stoneware with fused glass embedded with mica and soil from Sanctuario de Chimayo, Chimayo, New Mexico, USA, led lighting.

Contains the following ex-voto prayers regarding
Patience and Courage:
Tornado Survivors Joplin Missouri
May you survive the recession and prosper soon
Tornado survivors of Midwestern USA
Earthquake and tsunami survivors in Japan
To all active duty military and their families
To those suffering a the hands of abusers
To those pursuing lifelong dreams
To those battling addictions
To youths contemplating suicide
To those on their deathbed and those who love them
To seniors living alone
To all undergoing cancer treatment
To all waiting for organ transplants
To those who hear the word "no" over and over again
Patience and Courage
2018 (voto tokens made 2012)
Stoneware, fused glass, led lighting
NFS
11" h x 6.5" w x 10" d (irreg)
Raku fired stoneware with fused glass embedded with mica and soil from Sanctuario de Chimayo, Chimayo, New Mexico, USA, led lighting.

Contains the following ex-voto prayers regarding
Patience and Courage:
Tornado Survivors Joplin Missouri
May you survive the recession and prosper soon
Tornado survivors of Midwestern USA
Earthquake and tsunami survivors in Japan
To all active duty military and their families
To those suffering a the hands of abusers
To those pursuing lifelong dreams
To those battling addictions
To youths contemplating suicide
To those on their deathbed and those who love them
To seniors living alone
To all undergoing cancer treatment
To all waiting for organ transplants
To those who hear the word "no" over and over again
Patience and Courage
2018 (voto tokens made 2012)
Stoneware, fused glass, led lighting
NFS
11" h x 6.5" w x 10" d (irreg)
Raku fired stoneware with fused glass embedded with mica and soil from Sanctuario de Chimayo, Chimayo, New Mexico, USA, led lighting.

Contains the following ex-voto prayers regarding
Patience and Courage:
Tornado Survivors Joplin Missouri
May you survive the recession and prosper soon
Tornado survivors of Midwestern USA
Earthquake and tsunami survivors in Japan
To all active duty military and their families
To those suffering a the hands of abusers
To those pursuing lifelong dreams
To those battling addictions
To youths contemplating suicide
To those on their deathbed and those who love them
To seniors living alone
To all undergoing cancer treatment
To all waiting for organ transplants
To those who hear the word "no" over and over again
Patience and Courage
2018 (voto tokens made 2012)
Stoneware, fused glass, led lighting
NFS
11" h x 6.5" w x 10" d (irreg)
Raku fired stoneware with fused glass embedded with mica and soil from Sanctuario de Chimayo, Chimayo, New Mexico, USA, led lighting.

Contains the following ex-voto prayers regarding
Patience and Courage:
Tornado Survivors Joplin Missouri
May you survive the recession and prosper soon
Tornado survivors of Midwestern USA
Earthquake and tsunami survivors in Japan
To all active duty military and their families
To those suffering a the hands of abusers
To those pursuing lifelong dreams
To those battling addictions
To youths contemplating suicide
To those on their deathbed and those who love them
To seniors living alone
To all undergoing cancer treatment
To all waiting for organ transplants
To those who hear the word "no" over and over again
Good Friends
Tokens: 2012, Urn: 2017
Ceramic, glass, metal
NFS
17"h x 6" w x 6" d
Glass urn encrusted in glass pebbles and wrapped with copper wire with glazed ceramic "voto."

Voto tokens describe my good friends:
Charles Schwartz and Nancy Drodsz
Chris, Don and Joyce Harris
Andy and Jeannie Boose
Jami Stutz
Larry and Angie Gomes
Dall and Anamarie Forsythe
Bruce Eng
Art Crit Group, Keeley, Susanna, Susan, Lee, Yvette,
Rachel
Stefanie Andreani Kiebele
My mentors Bill, Bill, Pete, Mikhail and Myra
The Chase Family
Good Friends, detail
Tokens: 2012, Urn: 2017
Ceramic, glass, metal
NFS
17"h x 6" w x 6" d
Glass urn encrusted in glass pebbles and wrapped with copper wire with glazed ceramic "voto."

Voto tokens describe my good friends:
Charles Schwartz and Nancy Drodsz
Chris, Don and Joyce Harris
Andy and Jeannie Boose
Jami Stutz
Larry and Angie Gomes
Dall and Anamarie Forsythe
Bruce Eng
Art Crit Group, Keeley, Susanna, Susan, Lee, Yvette,
Rachel
Stefanie Andreani Kiebele
My mentors Bill, Bill, Pete, Mikhail and Myra
The Chase Family
Good Friends, detail
Tokens: 2012, Urn: 2017
Ceramic, glass, metal
NFS
17"h x 6" w x 6" d
Glass urn encrusted in glass pebbles and wrapped with copper wire with glazed ceramic "voto."

Voto tokens describe my good friends:
Charles Schwartz and Nancy Drodsz
Chris, Don and Joyce Harris
Andy and Jeannie Boose
Jami Stutz
Larry and Angie Gomes
Dall and Anamarie Forsythe
Bruce Eng
Art Crit Group, Keeley, Susanna, Susan, Lee, Yvette,
Rachel
Stefanie Andreani Kiebele
My mentors Bill, Bill, Pete, Mikhail and Myra
The Chase Family
Good Friends, detail
Tokens: 2012, Urn: 2017
Ceramic, glass, metal
NFS
17"h x 6" w x 6" d
Glass urn encrusted in glass pebbles and wrapped with copper wire with glazed ceramic "voto."

Voto tokens describe my good friends:
Charles Schwartz and Nancy Drodsz
Chris, Don and Joyce Harris
Andy and Jeannie Boose
Jami Stutz
Larry and Angie Gomes
Dall and Anamarie Forsythe
Bruce Eng
Art Crit Group, Keeley, Susanna, Susan, Lee, Yvette,
Rachel
Stefanie Andreani Kiebele
My mentors Bill, Bill, Pete, Mikhail and Myra
The Chase Family
Private Prayers
Tokens: 2012; Urn/Sculpture: 2014
Luster fired stoneware with fused glass and LED lighting
15-1/4"h x 6-1/2" w x 6-1/2" d
Luster fired stoneware with fused glass and metal additions with interior led lighting with color mixing capacity.

Private Prayers is the first sculpture of the series. It took two years to complete. I started the series during a residency at Peters Valley Craft Center which was within daily commuting distance. I had to be available for my grandmother who was almost 105. My entire adult life to that point revolved around being available and ministering to elderly family members, my studio and artistic pursuits taking a back seat. This residency was my first attempt since getting my masters to put my art first.

On the first day, the first token I made said "God Speed Grandma" on the front and "let Daddy come and get you" on the back. At that point visiting her every weekend was a heartache, like watching a candle burn down to the wick. She had long ago stopped speaking or recognizing me. I kept telling her it was ok to go if she wanted to, telling her to please set me free from this obligation, telling her the food was better in heaven.

She died that afternoon.
Private Prayers, view 2
Tokens: 2012; Urn/Sculpture: 2014
Luster fired stoneware with fused glass and LED lighting
15-1/4"h x 6-1/2" w x 6-1/2" d
Luster fired stoneware with fused glass and metal additions with interior led lighting with color mixing capacity.

This is my own personal urn. No peeking on the topics.
Private Prayers, view 3
Tokens: 2012; Urn/Sculpture: 2014
Luster fired stoneware with fused glass and LED lighting
15-1/4"h x 6-1/2" w x 6-1/2" d
Luster fired stoneware with fused glass and metal additions with interior led lighting with color mixing capacity.

This is my own personal urn. No peeking on the topics.
A Peaceful Soul
Tokens: 2012; Urn/Sculpture: 2014
Luster fired stoneware with fused glass and LED lighting
This urn contains the voto prayer requests for the ingredients of a peaceful soul:

Enough restful sleep; An inner stillness; The ability to readily forgive; Enough time to think; Optimism; Fulfilling pursuits; No regrets; Faith in God; The ability to give and receive unconditional love; A childlike sense of wonder; The right amount of healthy food and Trust.
A Peaceful Soul, view 2
Tokens: 2012; Urn/Sculpture: 2014
Luster fired stoneware with fused glass and LED lighting
This urn contains the voto prayer requests for the ingredients of a peaceful soul:

Enough restful sleep; An inner stillness; The ability to readily forgive; Enough time to think; Optimism; Fulfilling pursuits; No regrets; Faith in God; The ability to give and receive unconditional love; A childlike sense of wonder; The right amount of healthy food and Trust.
A Peaceful Soul, view 3
Tokens: 2012; Urn/Sculpture: 2014
Luster fired stoneware with fused glass and LED lighting
This urn contains the voto prayer requests for the ingredients of a peaceful soul:

Enough restful sleep; An inner stillness; The ability to readily forgive; Enough time to think; Optimism; Fulfilling pursuits; No regrets; Faith in God; The ability to give and receive unconditional love; A childlike sense of wonder; The right amount of healthy food and Trust.
Go Away
Tokens: 2012, Urn/Sculpture: 2014
Luster fired stoneware with fused glass and led lighting
13"h x 9"w x 9"w (irregular)
What in your life would make everything better if it just went away? The urn hurts to touch, just like the subjects inside. Out of all the ex voto tokens I made, these absolutely made themselves. The easiest but most infuriating category so far.

Go Away:
Newt Gingrich, Election campaign super pacs, Church in politics politics in church, Obama Birthers, Donald Trump, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani, Julian Asange, Dominique Strauss Kahn, Anonymous Hackers, Al Qaeda, Taliban, Suicide Bombers, Christian Conservatives, Ultra Liberals, Violent Video Games, Facebook as a replacement for social interaction, Peta, Israeli Palestinian conflict, E.L.F., Tea Partiers, N.R.A., Political obstructionists, Radical Muslim Extremists, Health insurance companies, Snooki and Religious Extremists
Go Away, view 3
Tokens: 2012, Urn/Sculpture: 2014
Luster fired stoneware with fused glass and led lighting
13"h x 9"w x 9"w (irregular)
What in your life would make everything better if it just went away? The urn hurts to touch, just like the subjects inside. Out of all the ex voto tokens I made, these absolutely made themselves. The easiest but most infuriating category so far.

Go Away:
Newt Gingrich, Election campaign super pacs, Church in politics politics in church, Obama Birthers, Donald Trump, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani, Julian Asange, Dominique Strauss Kahn, Anonymous Hackers, Al Qaeda, Taliban, Suicide Bombers, Christian Conservatives, Ultra Liberals, Violent Video Games, Facebook as a replacement for social interaction, Peta, Israeli Palestinian conflict, E.L.F., Tea Partiers, N.R.A., Political obstructionists, Radical Muslim Extremists, Health insurance companies, Snooki and Religious Extremists
Go Away, view 2
Tokens: 2012, Urn/Sculpture: 2014
Luster fired stoneware with fused glass and led lighting
13" h x 9" w x 9" d (irregular)
What in your life would make everything better if it just went away? The urn hurts to touch, just like the subjects inside. Out of all the ex voto tokens I made, these absolutely made themselves. The easiest category so far.

Go Away:
Newt Gingrich, Election campaign super pacs, Church in politics politics in church, Obama Birthers, Donald Trump, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani, Julian Asange, Dominique Strauss Kahn, Anonymous Hackers, Al Qaeda, Taliban, Suicide Bombers, Christian Conservatives, Ultra Liberals, Violent Video Games, Facebook as a replacement for social interaction, Peta, Israeli Palestinian conflict, E.L.F., Tea Partiers, N.R.A., Political obstructionists, Radical Muslim Extremists, Health insurance companies, Snooki and Religious Extremists
Go Away, view 4
Tokens: 2012, Urn/Sculpture: 2014
Luster fired stoneware with fused glass and led lighting
13" h x 9" w x 9" d (irregular)
What in your life would make everything better if it just went away? The urn hurts to touch, just like the subjects inside. Out of all the ex voto tokens I made, these absolutely made themselves. The easiest category so far.

Go Away:
Newt Gingrich, Election campaign super pacs, Church in politics politics in church, Obama Birthers, Donald Trump, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani, Julian Asange, Dominique Strauss Kahn, Anonymous Hackers, Al Qaeda, Taliban, Suicide Bombers, Christian Conservatives, Ultra Liberals, Violent Video Games, Facebook as a replacement for social interaction, Peta, Israeli Palestinian conflict, E.L.F., Tea Partiers, N.R.A., Political obstructionists, Radical Muslim Extremists, Health insurance companies, Snooki and Religious Extremists
A Healthy Body
Tokens: 2012; Urn/Sculpture: 2014
Saggar smoke fired wheel thrown and altered stoneware, fused glass with LED lighting
Urn: approx 10" h x 8" w, voto: approx 1-1/2" x 1" (irregular)
This one sort of made itself. Wheel thrown and altered with the addition of body parts all over it. Kind of creepy what lurks inside my brain at times.

The tokens contained in this vessel relate to prayers and concerns I had in 2012 regarding issues regarding to health and health care. Some are highly personal regarding people I love who were very sick and have since died or family members who would be embarrassed, so I won't share those with you. Some prayers were targeted to some specific health issues I had at the time I'd rather not share so I won't. But the ones I will share in the jar are:

A Healthy Body Prayer:
In thanksgiving for Michelle Obama for battling childhood obesity in the United States

In thanksgiving for Barak Obama who brought health care reform to the American people

To everyone for access to good affordable health care

For everyone living in food deserts

For people living in polluted places

For everyone in oncology waiting rooms

Please let me remain cancer free
A Healthy Body, view 2
Tokens: 2012; Urn/Sculpture: 2014
Saggar smoke fired wheel thrown and altered stoneware, fused glass with LED lighting
Urn: approx 10" h x 8" w, voto: approx 1-1/2" x 1" (irregular)
This one sort of made itself. Wheel thrown and altered with the addition of body parts all over it. Kind of creepy what lurks inside my brain at times.

The tokens contained in this vessel relate to prayers and concerns I had in 2012 regarding issues regarding to health and health care. Some are highly personal regarding people I love who were very sick and have since died or family members who would be embarrassed, so I won't share those with you. Some prayers were targeted to some specific health issues I had at the time I'd rather not share so I won't. But the ones I will share in the jar are:

A Healthy Body Prayer:
In thanksgiving for Michelle Obama for battling childhood obesity in the United States

In thanksgiving for Barak Obama who brought health care reform to the American people

To everyone for access to good affordable health care

For everyone living in food deserts

For people living in polluted places

For everyone in oncology waiting rooms

Please let me remain cancer free
A Healthy Body, view 3
Tokens: 2012; Urn/Sculpture: 2014
Saggar smoke fired wheel thrown and altered stoneware, fused glass with LED lighting
Urn: approx 10" h x 8" w, voto: approx 1-1/2" x 1" (irregular)
This one sort of made itself. Wheel thrown and altered with the addition of body parts all over it. Kind of creepy what lurks inside my brain at times.

The tokens contained in this vessel relate to prayers and concerns I had in 2012 regarding issues regarding to health and health care. Some are highly personal regarding people I love who were very sick and have since died or family members who would be embarrassed, so I won't share those with you. Some prayers were targeted to some specific health issues I had at the time I'd rather not share so I won't. But the ones I will share in the jar are:

A Healthy Body Prayer:
In thanksgiving for Michelle Obama for battling childhood obesity in the United States

In thanksgiving for Barak Obama who brought health care reform to the American people

To everyone for access to good affordable health care

For everyone living in food deserts

For people living in polluted places

For everyone in oncology waiting rooms

Please let me remain cancer free