My first house was a live-in studio.  I still have a woodshop and pottery in that space.  Quilting has moved to the Liggett house and studio in Monument.  So ‘Ridgeway Studios’ has stretched out over the years.  Most of my interests overlap all three mediums, so in a sense, Ridgeway Studios is a virtual space where my imagination lives.  I use a lot of journal notebooks and Pinterest boards to keep track of the work.

Ridgeway Studios is about perceiving things between your eyes and your hand.   This distance is of less importance in American culture than in many others.  We seem to ‘lift up our eyes’ in the search for beauty, instead of reaching out with our hands.  Maybe it is because I am nearsighted–I have always cared more for forms, textures, and colors that fit inside my personal space.   I am interested in a slower way of seeing that requires a kind of handedness in art.

I work with clay, wood, and fabric to investigate the timeless human way of making things with our hands and simple machines.  The differences between the materials help me to identify the elements that they have in common.  These discoveries are the motivation for my work.

Kay Liggett