Bonnie Belt


A fascination with nature and trees has pervaded most of my 30-year career in art. I attended ceramics courses at college; later studied Chinese brush painting, from which I learned the subtleties of brushwork and the Chinese philosophy that influences my work. The natural world and respect for nature is the primary focus of my life and art. I could not exist without the solitude of the forest or the interaction with the wildlife at my home here in the woods above Willits.

I try to capture the drama and movement of the windswept trees on the coasts of Mendocino County. My most recent work is expanding on this nature theme with bird and wave motifs.
I sculpt each piece individually from white stoneware clay, often attaching my trees and birds to a vessel made on the potter’s wheel. I like combining the symmetry of a vessel with the flowing movement of my sculptures. I hope to make the viewer feel the tranquility and harmony of the subject, but also experience the tenacity of the natural world. I use detail to define my subjects who are realistic but fanciful.

Willits Center For The Arts Winter Gallery hours are: Wednesday - Sunday 11-5pm