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John Ehresmann 2021

This adventure all started with my granddaughter’s request for a fairy house at Christmas.  I decided to create one for her from polymer clay.  Polymer clay is a new medium for me and requires no kiln as does conventional clay.  You bake your creation in a toaster oven and after a number of minutes, it is hard.  The fairy house was a hit and I decided to explore other houses.
The past year has allowed me to focus on what is most important to me - family and home.  The resulting houses represent a refuge from the tumultuous world around us.  Home is your safe place offering family, food, warmth, and security.  
Each house is different and reflects the diversity of the families that occupy them.  I enjoy the tactical nature of the clay and exploring the three-dimensional aspect it offers that can be expressed in size, shape, and texture.  Enjoy.

I practiced dentistry for over 32 years and before that was an aerospace engineer.  Around retirement I dabbled in making glass lamp work beads for over a decade.  I enjoyed the spontaneous nature of the bead making process and gravitated toward the abstract and organic.  I enjoy the tactical nature of the clay and ability to create items in three dimensions.  I like to vary the size, shape, and texture of the buildings.  For years I worked in millimeters and here that restriction is removed.  Making an exact representation is not the goal.  My houses are caricatures.  The final millimeter of paint also intrigues me, adding an additional layer of individually to each house.