Naomi Galbreath begins her hand-built sculptures with a solid block of clay. Then by pinching, gouging, coiling and carving, a form emerges. Physical manipulation is just part of the work: time and contemplation are its core. The sculptures are organic and invoke the natural world: mammalian cavities, mineral crevices, or a sinewy twisting of stems. Lately she has also been drawn to both figurative and functional work in planters and vases.
She has been encouraged by instructors at Penland, Sawtooth, and Art Alliance.
The pieces are stoneware, often unglazed and finished with oxides and slips.