Mountain Air Creations

Beth Franz, Artist

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Artist's Statement

My work in sculpture began in January 1987, not too long after I had earned my Masters of Arts degree in English.  I took an adult education class designed to introduce people to the world of “3-D form and creation in clay.”  Signing up for that class ended up being one of those fortunate acts in life (that almost don’t happen) that can end up being truly transformative.

Beth Franz

Our first piece in that class was a hand.  I still recall that first morning that I spent looking – really looking – at my hand.  The photo at the right was taken that same day, after I’d brought the piece home. I couldn’t put it down.  I was fascinated.  I also recall my pride when, as I was walking out of the classroom, my piece on a board in my hand, I heard a small child, pointing at my piece, exclaim, “Look, Mommy!  A hand!”

Beth Franz

Our second piece was a bust.  Once again, I was mesmerized by the process of turning a lump of clay into something that looked human.  This time my reward came in the form of a deep growl from the throat of a friend’s dog when he walked into my work-room and saw a strange human face staring at him from my work table.

Our third piece was a full figure.  Our fourth was a foot.  And after that, I just started playing with clay.  My first piece on my own was my first Cather study.

Early Work