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2015 Participating Artists Profiles

Polly Ham
Polly Ham


Sculpture: Animals and natural forms in clay or mixed media
Ceramics: Glazed or sawdust fired porcelain

I feel a reverence for the natural world, expressing this through the animals and natural forms that have come from my heart and hands over the years. Their form, their behavior, and character have fascinated me. In zoos, Lopez barns and fields, and wild areas of Tanzania and Kenya, I have observed, photographed, and sculpted. Recent works include elephants, giraffes, rhinos, a Galapagos tortoise, a Polish hen, Hampshire piglets, and warthogs, among others. Working in clay for over forty years, I continue to be drawn by its plastic, earthy ability to capture form and texture. It feels natural in my hands. Mixed media allows me to create from recycled materials, challenges my inventiveness, and enlarges the scale of my work. In art classes and open studio time, I love to work with young and old to explore their way with clay, sculpture, masks and other art forms.
Life size heads of a matriarch elephant and a giraffe created for the Lopez Procession of the Species will be on display.

Mailing address
184 Holly Lane
Lopez Island, WA 98261

Phone
360.468.2129

Email
pollyham@centurytel.net

2015 Lopez Island Studio Tour
Studio 25 at 25 Eads Lane