Opal Fire Studio
Rosemary Tobiga started ceramic work in 1999, as a hobby. It has now blossomed into a full fledged, passion of creating ceramic sculptures. The two years of sculpture in college was an ember that burned for a couple of decades!!! It is never too late to get a move on things! In 2012 she started design and construction of the studio where she now creates her work. The studio is an example of her abilities, demonstrating her capacity to not only create and influence space around us, but hire and manage professionals required for a project. The studio was designed to be open and inviting. A "cabin in the woods"... a place to want to go... full of light... and ideas!
Her sculptural inventions combine skills - her engineering skills of methodically working towards a bigger goal, and technical expertise; with aesthetic appreciation skills learned an art student; with observation skills developed while a real estate appraiser. At the crossroads of an Engineer and Artist is the imaginator, Rosemary. Sculptures often combine themes or functions such as:
Lighted sculpture serving as a way finder;
Plates that double as a wall hung sculpture;
Other concepts combined are crude/refined... a diamond in the rough, or coarse/delicate.
Like many of us she learned the joy of jigsaw puzzles while a youngster. Many of her sculptures include a puzzle component. Check out the round Dragon fly nesting box on the Portfolio of Older works page.
Finally, spiritual experiences, intrigue and symbolism are a fascinating place for the mind to dwell, wander... or wonder.
Current works at Opal Fire Studio are designed as accents for living spaces. Home, work, public spaces or sanctuaries/gardens
Sculptures can be designed to fit a specific space, creating a focus or statement.