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Penelope Dews graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1984 with a BFA in Ceramic Sculpture. She works in her studio in Ashland, OR and produces work to fire in a large Anagama wood fire kiln in the Umpqua Valley. An ancient technique, the Anagama kiln produces ash and volatile salts which settle on the pieces and create a natural ash glaze. Penelope uses the tone and texture unique to this process to create richly earth toned characters and objects. This gives the pieces an ancient, stone like surface. Ranging from realistic to whimsical, these animals exude peaceful, playful expressions with a touch of the mysterious.