Monday, February 18, 2008

Penny Hall

"I love working with leather. It is unpredictable, much like our journey through life," says artist Penny Hall. "Attempts to force the leather into a specific shape can take lots of time and energy producing less than desirable results. If allowed to take on its own form the result is magnificent." These are her favorite pieces to make. "I love discovering the unexpected shapes hidden in the flat piece of leather. I also find all the character marks to be interesting. I include them in most of my pieces. Rough edges, brands, and scars add visual interest."

Over time, Penny has found that applications of identical colors and finishes react differently with each piece of leather creating delightful surprises. That is why each piece is one-of-a-kind. Her first leather bowl was crafted as a therapy project after eye surgery "to prove I was not blind. The journey through surgeries and ever changing sight brought many lessons. It was as if the leather bowls were reflections of life. I began seeing them as containers to hold all the good and positive things in life. They represented a willingness on my part to receive blessings, and became my 'blessing bowls.'"

The most asked question when someone sees the leather bowls for the first time is "What can you put in them?" Much like a basket, they hold anything that is not wet. "No matter what you choose to place in your bowl I trust you will add some of your own blessings as well," she says.

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