Inspired By…Celia Gray

I first encountered Celia Gray as the best man at a friends wedding. And though we didn’t talk much then, I was immediately struck by the artsy-cool vibe she exuded. Since then, I have had the opportunity to work with Celia at the Rock & Shop Market and have seen how cool (and talented) she really is.

She teaches at Penland School of the Arts and has a background in metalsmithing and fine art. She sells her hand-forged buckles on the side and creates her encaustic paintings full-time. You can find a retailer that sells her buckles on her site. And, in North Carolina you can find a few of her paintings at Rebus Works.

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What music are you listening to these days?

I have been listening to the Shang Ri Las, Brian McGee and the Hollow Speed, the Two Dollar Pistols and The Dutchess and the Duke which is new to me.  It’s been hard to listen to anything but the Shang Ri Las though.

Read any good books lately?

I finished The Unbearable Lightness of Being and now I’m reading My Name is Asher Lev.  Both are good, a little heavy but good books.

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Have a yummy recipe to share?

Puttanesca Sauce

  1. Sautee onion and garlic in a sauce pan.
  2. Add one can of tomatoes.
  3. Add chopped kalamata olives, capers, olive oil
  4. Season to your preference
  5. Cook for 15 minutes

We usually eat it over whole grain pasta.  It is briney and delicious.

What is inspiring you at the moment?

I just got a book of origami folding patterns that are pretty wild with complex patterns.  I also recently discovered the artist, Peter Doig who paints really beautiful landscapes.  I’ve been trying to look at the North Carolina landscape in different ways, see something new.

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What projects are you currently working on?

I’m working on a series of big encaustic paintings.  I usually work pretty small so I’m doing a lot of problem solving for the differences.

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