July 01, 2015
If your last name is Terra, you may be predestined to play in the dirt. That’s how it worked out for Michael Terra, The Mud Poet. He lives in Kentucky, with his wife Victoria (the Logistics Goddess), where they bought a house for $10 from the city, through Peducah’s Artist Relocation Program. They did most of the gutting and renovation and now have a studio, gallery and living space upstairs. They are located in the art district in Lower Town where many artists, from all over the country have come to live and work in Peducah, which UNESCO has designated as the world’s seventh City of Crafts and Folk Art.
That’s where the Mud Poet makes his reading glasses. These “glasses” are vessels of pure fun, while trying to decipher each one’s message. On the back side, he cycles the word, “EARTH” so that it spells HEART, HEAR, EARTH, THE ART, HEARTH and hidden somewhere, is a random phrase that you will eventually find.
These fun vessels are happy in the dishwasher or the microwave and excellent for hot or cold beverages. All of the work is hand sculpted and fingerprints are included at no extra charge.
When Michael and Victoria Terra aren’t sculpting or traveling for shows, they give back to their community in many ways. They raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation and create cups for the local public radio station to give as donation incentives. The event that is most dear to their hearts is the Empty Bowls Project, a grassroots movement to fight hunger. The bowls are made in the studio, painted and glazed by the community and then sold to raise money for food.
Come by Spectrum Gallery to check out our Reading Glasses, as they make excellent hostess gifts for your summer travels and you may just have to buy one that describes yourself.
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May 15, 2017
April 29, 2017
They summon us to eat, work, wake, pray and even gather; bells provide the music to the soundtrack known as life.
Back in February, when we went to Tucson, we discovered The Bell Collection. We were enamored by the display of dainty bells hanging from above, calling us to take a closer look at each one.
April 14, 2017
According to GIA, in 2015, Christie’s and Sotheby’s had reported an estimated $1.2 billion in gemstone and jewelry sales, in addition to the $70-$80 million by Bonham’s of London and Tiancheng in Hong Kong.
Gemstones and fine jewelry continue to set records at large auction houses by collectors all over the world. Gemstone collecting continues to grow in popularity and if you’ve wanted to start your own collection, but are unsure where to start, we’ve got a few tips on how to define a collection.