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The Mind of the Artist

 
Interview/presentation series April 16 - May 21,2015
 
 
Sandy Luerhsen
Sandra Luehrsen has degrees from Northern Illinois University and Arizona State University. She left the position as assistant dean of the ASU Graduate School to start her own art business. She teaches three dimensional design at Mesa Community College and does ceramic workshops.
Her ceramic sculpture has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally and is collected by institutions from ASU's Ceramic Research Center to the Kamm Teapot Foundation. Books such as 500 Teapots 2, Smashing Glazesand the Ceramic Surface Design Book contain examples of her work.
Recently her work was featured in the group exhibition Leading Ladies: Outstanding Women Artists of Arizona, at West Valley Art Museum at Peoria City Hall Art Gallery; Women's Work, Women's Wisdom at Mesa Contemporary Arts in Mesa, AZ and Sonoran Desert: Large and Small, at Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, AZ.
One of her earlier pieces (from 20??) was purchased by a WVM patron, donated to us and is part of WVM's fine art collection. The title is Family and It has been on view several times over the years...most recently in the WVAM "Leading Ladies: Outstanding Arizona Artists" exhibit, Winter 2014.
 
Sandra was the only artist working in three-dimensional sculpture featured among the six women selected for WVAM's
"Leading Ladies: Outstanding Arizona Artists" exhiit in Winter 2014.
In 2013, WVAM hosted the Arizona Clay Association's annual juried show and one of Sandra's pieces was purchased by the Peoria Arts Commission. It is on display in the Peoria Community Center (two blocks from the Peoria Main Library).
Her sculptures made of red earthenware clay, are inspired by plant forms that combine plant and container, often blurring the line between the two. Each sculpture may require multiple firings to achieve the effects she desires and produce the expression of life energy she is looking for.