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9/12/16 5:59 A

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I have a very small collection of South African ceramics. I am still studying so buying paintings and prints is slightly outside of my budget, but considering the trajectory in the art movement towards craft appreciation I thought starting a ceramics collection would be a good idea and it is growing steadily :)

My favourite pieces are by Clive Sithole, of which I have both a uphiso and one of his ceramic cows. My other pieces include a Hennie Meyer tea bowl, a bowl by Muziwandile Gigaba and two uKhambas (traditional zulu beer container) by the Nala and Magwaza families.

I would love to own prints by Diane Victor, Colbert Mashile and Vuli Nyoni, but for the moment they have to remain on my wishlist!

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9/4/16 11:48 A

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I went to the First Friday Art Walk in our town this week, and I picked up some art by local artists at very reasonable prices. Several artists had their art displayed on the sidewalk outside the gallery, and I purchased a watercolor and four small photographs. I may end up framing and gifting the photographs to my adult children -- if I can actually bring myself to part with them!

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." ~ Rumi
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ~ Carl Jung
"Age should never define your dreams." ~ Priyanka Gupta
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1/12/15 2:39 P

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I purchased my first sculpture in the mid-1980s when I just had to have an abstract sculpture of a woman in profile by artist Klara Sever, produced by Austin Productions, Inc. in about 1979. It's about 21 inches high, made of some sort of composite material which is painted black, and it sits on a wooden base.

I still love the piece, which sits on a pedestal among some plants in my entry hall, and I like to occasionally run my hands over its cool, smooth surface.

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." ~ Rumi
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ~ Carl Jung
"Age should never define your dreams." ~ Priyanka Gupta
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1/4/15 1:51 P

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Please tell us about one item your personal art collection. Which piece "speaks to you"?

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." ~ Rumi
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ~ Carl Jung
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11/29/12 5:02 P

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As very young children, my brother and I shared a room. Over his twin bed was "The Blue Boy" by Thomas Gainsborough, and over my bed was "Pinkie" by Thomas Lawrence. As I remember, they were framed prints about 11" x 17". I've always wondered what happened to them after our parents remodeled the house.

Soon after I got married, I found two small prints of the pair in 5"x7" gold-painted frames. Since then I've hung them in my bedroom in every house I've owned. Quite inexpensive, but I love them, partly because they bring back memories of my brother.

I finally got to see the original "Pinkie" and "The Blue Boy" when I visited The Huntington in San Marino, CA, sometime in the 1990s. My heart skipped a beat!

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." ~ Rumi
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ~ Carl Jung
"Age should never define your dreams." ~ Priyanka Gupta
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11/24/12 11:25 A

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One of my mother's friends was an excellent artist who specialized in oil paintings. When I was going to get married she asked my mother what subject I wanted to have as a wedding gift. At that time (1967!) I just loved daisies, so I asked for those flowers.

I still absolutely treasure my large oil painting of daisies in a brass vase. True to the era, the background is a mix of lime and olive green. That may sound garish, but actually, it's so well executed that I think it's beautiful and timeless. Right now I have it hanging in my entry hall.




"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." ~ Rumi
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ~ Carl Jung
"Age should never define your dreams." ~ Priyanka Gupta
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10/13/12 1:40 P

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Do any of you also collect art? Original or prints? Sculptures? Other?

Tell us something about a piece of art you enjoy owning. It certainly doesn't have to have monetary value -- just your own stamp of approval!

Here are a few questions to get you started, although you don't have to answer all of them:
What is it? Who is the artist? What drew you to that particular work of art? Where did you find it? How long have you had it? Did you buy it, inherit it, or was it a gift? Where is it displayed?


"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." ~ Rumi
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ~ Carl Jung
"Age should never define your dreams." ~ Priyanka Gupta
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