When it comes to opinions my Muse has a mind of her own.
A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Away…
To be clear, the year was 2004 and the galaxy was Fair Oaks, California. That’s when we built the pizza oven.
To be truthful, we didn’t build it by ourselves. It took a village.
The oven itself, which came all the way from Italy, was a terra-cotta contraption of eight interlocking parts that needed to be “housed” yet the written instructions were somewhat cryptic on this point. The manufacturer assumed that EVERYONE in 2004 knew what a finished pizza oven should look like.
Having endless imagination confined by a restricted budget, we used cinderblock.
My one aesthetic contribution: Glazed tiles. The A to Z of pizza toppings.
For 17 years , our 8x8x8 cinderblock behemoth, with it’s skinny- belt of alphabet tiles, pumped out pizzas. It fed our friends and warmed our hearts.
Then came the pandemic.
The downside and upside of “sheltering at home”: it invites scrutiny while offering permission.
During our last 30 years of household renovations, I’ve saved stuff: extra tile, broken mirror, leftover lumber.Are all artists hoarders? Perhaps. Or, like the Wicked Witch of the West, are we simply biding our time?
For years, these boxes of building materials had been taking up space in our shed.So, when I asked my spouse “What would you think if I used that leftover tile on the pizza ov–“
“You go, gurl! ” He said.
Happily, some fully vaccinated wizards of my acquaintance dropped by to offer their assistance which, for one halcyon Tuesday afternoon, made life feel almost like normal again. Grateful thanks to Dianne Van der Carr, Marilynn Rasmussen, Ann O' Connell and Abby the Wonder Dog.
The finished product: :Mirror, broken ceramic tile, pebbles, and glass. Black slate interior.
The Back: A mural. Just because.
4/12/2021 03:49:10 pm
Great job, Caren!
4/12/2021 05:29:54 pm
You're such a genius artist - love the transformation from utilitarian pizza oven to fabulous art
4/12/2021 05:35:03 pm
Your pizza oven is BEAUTIFUL! Steve said, "GOOD SHWAY!" (feng shui) I think the back of it is aahhhmaaaazing!!! :D
4/12/2021 07:26:03 pm
AWESOME!!! LOVE the finished product!!! And...btw...your storytelling as well.❤
4/12/2021 07:38:54 pm
WOW!!!! I absolutely love it! You continue to amaze..XO
4/12/2021 08:02:21 pm
Bernini has nothing on you. If the rock has life and you just need to release it, the tile has tales and you just shared them. Thank you and I could not be more impressed and proud of the greatest and kindest spirit that I have had the privilege of experiencing.
4/12/2021 08:11:03 pm
Can’t believe how this tiny, giant of an artist just keeps putting out with different artist expressions, never feeling fenced or bound she conquers with imagination, boundless energy and always we who look, see more and marvel!!!! You fascinate us all and inspire endless roads on creative paths...you are wonder dear Caren!!!!
4/13/2021 08:29:35 pm
Can't wait to see it!
10/28/2022 12:54:18 am
Make piece piece thought data. Despite far offer society.
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