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Charles Tryon
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I have had a passion for clay and sculpture for as long as I can remember. Though I grew up in a very technical and computer oriented family, some of my fondest memories are of summer pottery classes at the local art museum. In college, I took a turn toward mathematics and computer science, and over the next 35 years, I followed a fulfilling and profitable career as a Software Engineer. However, I never forgot my love for sculpture.

I am still amazed by the pure joy I experience when I have my hands in the clay. I find that my work communicates on many different levels, from the practical and utilitarian to a simple reflection of the beauty I see around me. It may expresses a response of hope or fear or love, or it may be a simply reflection the little kid inside of me at play. For me, clay and sculpture become a language to express thoughts, emotions, or insights for which I have no words.

As much as I love to create with clay, I also love to teach others to experience that same joy. Young people are naturally drawn to clay, even when their technical skills are simple. With a little bit of instruction and encouragement, they quickly gain the confidence that they too can create something of value. Clay is such a malleable material that the art flows naturally from their active imaginations.

More recently, my journey has been discovering what it looks like to integrate the truth of my relationship with Christ, and my expression as an artist. I am learning to let the creative process develop in such a way that it reflects the complicated dynamic of my Faith–something which is not always pretty or positive or well understood, but which carries underneath it the reality of Hope.

Thus the theme, “Reflecting faith, hope and beauty through art.”

Current Residence: Fayetteville, GA




terracotta clay, 7" tall

I sat down in the studio to work one day. I didn’t have a clear plan, but I started by working from a recent figure drawing I had done, and this pose began to emerge. I saw her, tilting her head to listen, eyes closed, shoulders pushed forward, and hands together, as she leaned, perhaps, into some unseen melody pulling at her heart.

An artist is not someone who draws or paints. An artist is someone who sees and hears what others do not see or hear.”

Original drawing:

Blog post at:…
WIP: Come, dance with me
Unfired terracotta clay, 22" tall
(Yes, I did measure to make sure it fits in my kiln to fire it! ;-) )

One of the most technically challenging piece I've done, due to its size.
WIP: Hair (detail)
Black Raven clay, 11"  -- unfired.
(Detail shot of face)

(detail from back: )

Update: re-took photo, this time with the tripod (to eliminate shake).  Tweaks to hair, face, breast, and overall surface finish. And yes, I did fix the alignment in her eyes!
WIP: Hair
Black Raven clay, 11"  -- unfired.

(detail from back: )

Update: re-took photo, this time with the tripod (to eliminate shake).  Tweaks to hair, face, breast, and overall surface finish.
Those of you who have been following my account here for a while may remember a Journal post which put up several years ago, regarding creating titles for our work.  In it, I was bemoaning the title of "Untitled".  I learned some things from that post, and the feedback I received.

Face to the Rising Sun by Observer14

I have continued to think about this question, and the process of giving a title to a piece.  As a case in point, the title for this particular figure is still eluding me... :-/

So, I decided to sidestep the knotty problem, and sat down to write a blog post instead. ;-)



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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
The Beast slayer returns. by Suzanne-Helmigh
Happy Valentine's day!!!
Thanks so much for your supportive comments<3
People like you keep me inspired and enthusiastic to share my Caldyra artwork with the public.
Wishing you another year filled with passion for your craft and lots of admiration. 
Observer14 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, thank you so much Suzanne!  I so appreciate your words, not to mention your art, the characters and stories you create, the passion you have, not only to make your own art constantly better, but to encourage others to do what it takes to move forward in their own art.

Thank you for your blessings, and may this be a year of making life-giving connections with people, of imagination, and of success at a real heart level in your art!

katcrunch Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! Have a happy new year ahead! :meow: I hope you find many good things to observe
Observer14 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
heh...  Yes, thank you!  I fully plan to keep my eyes and ears open in 2017, to see and hear many things.

aeliii Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016  Student Digital Artist
May you have the happiest of birthdays, Charles!
Observer14 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Emily!  You are a joy. :-)
aeliii Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Student Digital Artist
It's no problem! And aww, thank you. c:
Observer14 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
LadyIcepaw Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! May the power of inspiration always be with you. :)
Observer14 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!  Keep learning how to reach down into that deep well.   :-)
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