Now it’s time to introduce you to another very talented member of my family, my sister-in-law, Robyn Bailey. But she is more than that. She is the real sister I never had growing up. She was only nine years old when I met and married her sister. Essentially I got to watch her grow up while being a part of her family. It was such fun having a little sister to tease. If you ever meet her, she will gladly regale you with stories of the tricks I played on her, especially the time I got her in trouble with her dad at the dinner table.
But I digress. The purpose of the this writing is to show you what a masterful gift she has in working with hand-built ceramic. Robyn has always amazed me with the incredibly original and beautifully crafted pieces she makes.
However, on a recent visit to her sculpting den, I saw a piece which I knew right away needed a lot more exposure than she would likely give it. In the revulsion of the recent spate of mass shootings, “Rapid Fire” stands out as a corporate image of the feelings of sadness of the entire country. At first glance at the front, though forlorn, it appears to be another of the refined and delicate images she produces with such seeming ease. But as you walk around the back, your emotions are quickly assailed by the shock of what you are actually viewing. Here sits the victim in all of us. The fear and abhorrence we have that someone could, on a whim, take the lives of several innocents anywhere, anytime. Funny how words can pale in comparison with just one artist’s concept of how easily our spirits can be crushed, yet surely born again.
Robyn has always been slow to take a compliments, but quick to cite how others of her craft are the real artists. Enough, I say! It’s time for others to see what a true artisan we have among us. She was asked this past weekend to display some of her creations in a local show. Pictured below is the piece featured in this article, along with two other fascinating pieces she had in the show, as well as “li’l sis” herself. I hope you enjoy the beauty in them as much as I take pride in showing them.