Portraits and ponderings from the writing desk of Jill Foote-Hutton.

Leandra Urrutia was the early fall exhibit at JFH Studio, featuring her LURE collection.

Leandra is interested in the "bait" women put out to "catch" a mate and continues the dialogue in her next body of work with a series of traps. The LURES are all named after candy, delectable items we cannot resist replete with feathers, tassles, sequins, smooth, glossy finishes and luxurious hair. She has mentioned on several speaking occasions how she finds hair intriguing. It is simultaneously an item which attracts and repels, all depending upon its level of connectivity to our head.

Long, flowing mane=GOOD

Single hair in our food=BAD

Thick, curly locks to run our fingers through=GOOD

Nest of rat hair in your drain=BAD

It was great work to share in a small town just a block off of the Missouri River. Without being the traditional format for clay, as a cup or a bowl, people still found the work accessible because there is an existing dialogue for lures and bait. During the summer it is a near daily occurrence to walk by the docks on the river and see huge catfish suspended from the days catch.

The other added bonus was the networking opportunity. When friends and fellow ceramists Tammy Marinuzzi and Pavel Amromin came for an exhibit/lecture/workshop in October, they were so taken with Leandra's LURES they offered her an opportunity at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, FL. Look for it in February 2009.

Leandra currently has a collaborative show at Memphis College of Art with Nathaniel Hein. The reception is January 30th. If you happen to be in Memphis, check it out as an example of how far afield "ceramic" artists can reach. The installation involves objects, digital projections, and some performative aspects. Clay, as a material, only makes an appearance in her object making process.

See more of Leandra's work: leandraurrutia.blogspot.com