Presented by Guemes Island Community Center Association (GICCA)
“Enriching and Connecting our Island Community”

Presented by GICCA

“Enriching and Connecting our Island Community”

Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko

Ceramacist & Photographer

I’ve had a creative streak all my life.

It is a sweet pleasure to be included in the circle of Guemes Island artists. 

 

In 2019, I really and truly retired and moved to Guemes Island, a place we’ve been visiting for decades.  I enrolled in Sue Roberts Ceramics Classes (I think it’s a rite of initiation for many islanders) and discovered the pleasure of working with clay.  I love the feel of the clay and am thrilled when something begins to take shape.  Sometimes I have a vision, like a fish platter, and sometimes a frog or silly bird just emerges. 

 

During the pandemic years, working in the studio has been my salvation.  Working quietly among a small group of people, sharing our stories and finding inspiration, has been the best therapy. 

 

Frustrated by our inability to travel during this time, I started a series of “welcome” tiles (tiles on red cloth), representing some of the amazing places we’ve been, using images from favorite memories and local words for welcome.

 

Guemes is a wonderful community and I am thankful to be here, discovering my own inner artist.  

All Artwork Copyright 

© Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko