Stained glass and ceramics

Work of two artists featured this month at Trinidad gallery

Tea kettle and cups by Loryn White (Courtesy of the artist)

The Trinidad Art Gallery will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Sunday with Celtic harp music from Howdy Emerson at the opening for featured artists Colleen Clifford, who works in stained glass, and the gallery’s newest member, ceramicist Loryn White.

The gallery will open as usual at 10 a.m. that day, with the formal art opening taking place from 2 to 5 p.m. All food and alcoholic beverages will have an Irish flavor. Both artists will be on hand to talk to visitors about their work, along with a number of other artists.

Clifford’s glass work is light and flowing, usually treating subjects in nature. This past year, Clifford has found herself inspired in her images by her own customers who have commissioned her for specific topics and/or window sizes. Three of these focused areas of creativity have been birds in flight, botanicals and figures of women.

Clifford begins her process by sketching drawings and the lines then create the glass pattern. The chosen glass colors create the underlying depths and reflective nature of the subject at hand. Texture and light give additional expression to the completed art windows.

Clifford’s creative variety is also reflected in her work with glass boxes and small mandala ornaments. The mirrored bottoms of these boxes reflect the rich, luminescent textures and colors of the glass she selects and a simple design on top often brings a bit of beauty to these pieces of home decor.

White joined the Trinidad Art Gallery on March 1 and much of the work she has brought to the gallery demonstrates a number of new directions for her work.

White came to her passion for pottery rather late in her life. She took a class here and there, and before she knew it she had a studio and a kiln in her home and had become a full-time potter with a steady demand for her work.

She began being known for her utilitarian wares with a whimsical and often flowery touch, but with each passing year she tries something new. She started by using standard glazes, but her work is now treated with a variety of glazes that White has developed through her own experimentation.

For more information about the artists or the gallery, call 707-677-3770 or visit

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