Marjorie Westermann inspired by art itself
Editor’s Note: This is the eighth of 12 Q&As with the Red Cliff artists participating in the seventh annual Red Cliff Studio Tour, which happens Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The answers are intended to give tour-goers an inside look at the people and inspirations behind the artwork.1. What is your medium and why did you choose it, or did the medium choose you?
Ceramics and clay. It was 1975, and I was working as a butcher at City Market. A woman came up to me and told me I needed a hobby, and she told me to learn ceramics. So I took a class at the Colorado Mountain College in Minturn, and now I’m teaching the class in Leadville.2. What puts you in the mood to be creative?Art makes me creative. Like Picasso says, “Art washes the way the dust of every day life.”
3. If you could choose anyone, alive or dead, to have dinner with who would it be and why?Along with Princess Diana and Mother Teresa, my neighbors on Tennessee Pass. Mother Teresa answered every question in life with love and that’s what I would like to be able to do. And Princess Diana was close to Mother Teresa, but had a total different kind of upbringing and life. Opposites but they both meshed. My neighbors on Tennessee Pass are the most incredible people on earth. I would also like to have dinner with my dad, who died when I was 6 months old.4. What is the best aspect of having a studio in Red Cliff?
(Westermann’s studio is on Tennessee Pass, though her mailing address is Red Cliff) To be able to do art 24 hours a day. When you get to be my age, you need little sleep. And you can always do art.5. What is your credo or motto for life?Since I have students – never lose sight and it’s all good.Vail Colorado