CHAI STYLE Unnamed bird by the late Nellie Mae Rowe from Fayette County, one of the most important American folk artists. Her work is displayed in the High Museum of Art.
The master bedroom nook has Weinberg-Benson’s cracked “Is There a Dragon in Your Marriage?” on left. Her painting “Open Doors” is over the treasured Nigerian pottery wedding gift in lucite case. The vertical stained glass panel arrived broken from England and was repaired by monks.
Jaffe: What are some of your most treasured works at home? Weinberg-Benson: I sculpted these 10 tall white organic porcelain columns, “Clay People” (1990), in the dining room, reflecting the personalities of my fellow graduate school classmates. Perhaps I am best known for sand-blasted pottery, where the process opens the pores of the glaze and allows me to freely draw on the surface. The piece in the dining room, “Head Trip,” is from my “Chess Set” [series] where half were cobalt blue and the opponents were white. Blue is a best seller (laughing). Every artist must have her ‘blues.’ Each piece reflected psychological games people play. Then there’s my bust of a gentleman thinking about
his life in Africa by the fireplace. In the master bedroom is my piece “Is There a Dragon in Your Marriage?” (Cracked Liberty Bell Series.) I have done teapots and have teapots by others. They are fun to create and a challenge to do well since there are so many different elements. I have two super-sized acrylic paintings from decades ago. The layered alabaster one upstairs garners a lot of comments. Jaffe: Describe your techniques. Weinberg-Benson: I developed ceramic cloisonné, sandblasting a glazed surface, rubbing powered pigment, then drawing onto a porcelain tile to create a multi-dimensional process.
The Vinings home has both a “Mardi Gras” wood cut by Ben Smith and this, his rare multi-figure painting “Boardwalk Fortune Teller.”
The American maple kitchen table is surrounded by chairs by Frank Gehry facing a variety of teapots and sculpture. Weinberg-Benson did the tall pot on the left. Reed Minty’s “Dream Interpretation” is adjacent to the frosted glass piece by Ginny Ruffner. 30 | AUGUST 16, 2019 ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES
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