Ann Fleming Sculptural Art

I have been having a life long affair with clay. In harmony with my very practical nature I created colorful functional ware and architectural accents for over 25 years. I thoroughly enjoyed the years of creating bright and happy work that would grace the daily lives of people. But as the years went by pottery took a physical toll and my creative mind longed for something different. I think the hardest thing that I had to face is to give myself permission to just have fun.

But one day I gave myself that permission. I went into my studio in 2004 and created my first figure in clay simply for the joy of working in a material that I know so well. In 2006, urged by friends, I cast the first piece in bronze.

Each new sculpture became a joy to me. My women are full and round and playful and thoughtful. My animals are quiet and companionable. I soon recognized that things that mattered to me crept into my work, stories that reflected human nature surrounded by our natural world. And though in the beginning I thought this work had no utility but to bring back to me the joy of process, I can now see that the stories that the pieces tell are their utility. And if my stories bring a little moment of peace or a smile, a little insight or a warm memory, then my work once again graces daily life.

I have always lived in the Pacific NW. I received my education from grade school through a Masters degree in Portland. I majored in art and trained also in teaching. I raised my son Casey and spent most of my pottery days in West Linn. In 2012, I designed and helped to build a house in White Salmon Washington. Every time I now return home to the Columbia River Gorge I am in awe that I live in such an amazingly beautiful place. I am surrounded by rivers and have deer and wild turkey in my yard yet I can walk to yoga. My new studio is going to allow me the space to have workshops and I look forward to a bit of teaching once again.

I have spent many years also working as an arts organizer, most proud of the work with Art in the Pearl Arts Festival, and I am helping here where I can. We now have a rotating “window gallery” in an empty building in White Salmon where once papered over windows faced the main street.

If I could say that I have a motto that I live by, it would be the words on a bracelet that I have worn for years...”follow your bliss”... the words of Joseph Campbell, an amazing teacher.