We love when our readers have recommendations for The Gracious Posse. Shortly after we began our Artists in Residence series, long-time posse member sKr contacted us about her co-grandmother, i.e. her son’s mother-in-law. The two share one grandson, who is soon to be joined by a little brother.
The co-grandmother is local sculptor, Annegret Massey, and recently Annegret graciously opened her spacious home to our inquiring minds and delighted eyes. Though her home is set in a hilly and wooded part of town, large windows and skylights allow sunshine to flood its interiors.
All of the sunshine illuminates the extensive collection of sculptures that she has created and accumulated over the years.
Annegret first began sculpting in 2006 after attending a workshop in the South of France. Since then, her love of this art form has grown so that she now tries to sculpt daily in her home.
Simply perched at one end of her kitchen island, Annegret’s studio sits in the middle of her home life. The central location permits her to watch her grandson play with his trucks while she works.
As Annegret shapes a piece, she considers its finish. When ready she will carefully deliver it for firing at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Like many artistic endeavors, some approaches are more complicated than others.
These were fired and glazed using the Raku method.
Finishing with grog achieved this rhino’s rough texture.
Annegret has shown her works at different galleries around town, including the Page Bond Gallery, the Glave Kocen Gallery and the Stewart Gallery.
When they aren’t on display in a gallery, her creations live throughout her home
amongst the work of others.
Her large lower level makes a perfect in-home gallery and party space.
These days Annegret is focused on shaping animals.
Beautiful in their abstract form, her creatures are filled with spirit and soul.
As we made our way through her home being introduced to them in their various styles, we were compelled to pet most all of them.
As a sculptor,
Annegret’s endless curiosity prompts her constant experimentation with a variety of subjects and styles and is often inspired by photographs from National Geographic.
Since stoking her creative spirit when she first put her hands on clay, Annegret must now feed that spirit by sculpting most every day
with her beloved cats nearby.
Collectors respond to this animal lover’s soulful creations, and gallery owners now ask to show her works. If you are interested in seeing Annegret’s scupture for yourself, check out Gallery Flux in Ashland, or contact her at email@example.com for an appointment. Thanks so much, Annegret, for welcoming us into your home, sharing your delightful works with The Gracious Posse and increasing our knowledge of clay sculpture.