IF YOU GO

What: Feat of Clay featured artists' show

When: Opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. The show runs through Aug. 16.

Where: Feat of Clay Gallery, 107 S. Main St. in Aztec

More info: 505-334-4335

Farmington— Dick Bolli got involved with Feat of Clay Gallery in Aztec through his wife, Jinx Bolli, who is a member.

Although he never joined the co-op, Dick Bolli became friends with the members and has participated in various Feat of Clay shows.

Metal sculptures by Dick Bolli, an artist whose work will be shown at the latest exhibit at Feat of Clay Gallery in Aztec. Dick Bolli and his wife, Jinx,
Metal sculptures by Dick Bolli, an artist whose work will be shown at the latest exhibit at Feat of Clay Gallery in Aztec. Dick Bolli and his wife, Jinx, are both artists whose work will be shown at the gallery. (null)

For the second year in a row, the Bolli couple are showing their art, alongside co-op member Curt Stafford's paintings, at Feat of Clay Gallery. The show opens Friday.

Dick Bolli said the co-op tries to pair artists with different mediums together for shows. That helps the gallery cater to people who have a variety of interests.

Stafford's collection, which was recently displayed in The Daily Times' Community Center, features landscapes and flowers. The paintings, which are predominantly of Colorado landscapes, are based on pictures he has taken.

Dick and Jinx Bolli met while both were sheet metal workers, and their experience with metal has worked its way into their art.

Dick Bolli describes his art as primitive metal work made using scrap metal, such as old hoes and silverware.

"When I got ready to retire, I needed something to fill my time," he said.

While he is best known for his "yard birds," a collection of metal bird sculptures, he won't have a lot of yard birds in this show. Instead, he will be featuring all new work that hasn't been shown at exhibits before.

Paintings by Curt Stafford will be displayed at Feat of Clay Gallery.
Paintings by Curt Stafford will be displayed at Feat of Clay Gallery. (Photos Courtesy of Feat of Clay Gallery)

At the art show, people will see robots made from old cannisters, spiders and caterpillars made from washers and wires, and dogs and cats made from springs.

Jinx Bolli began her art about eight years ago when her sister, Annette Thorton, who lives in Tasmania, came to visit. Thorton introduced Jinx Bolli to fused glass jewelry making. Jinx Bolli, who taught ceramics for years, immediately gravitated to the new medium. She hadn't seen a lot of it in the United States before, but, as she got involved in making it, she discovered more and more.

The art was similar to what she had been doing with ceramics, especially since the glazes on ceramics are also glass-based. She compared opening a glaze load to opening presents on Christmas.

"As you do things that you enjoy, it just explodes exponentially," she said.

She started to incorporate her knowledge of metalwork into jewelry, using brass, copper and occasionally silver. She likes steam punk fashion, so many of her pieces of jewelry feature gears.

Jinx Bolli said that part of the excitement she feels with art is when she opens the kiln to see the new creation.

"Some of the pieces I worked on the hardest just didn't turn out," she said.

She compared the kiln to a finicky goddess.

"You never know what you're going to find when you open the kiln," she said.

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.