Rae Holton & Rena Harris
“Creating is my passion. As I strive for the most effective way to express my vision, I am continually pushing the limits of my media. As a result, I am continually broadening the realm of possibility. Life is Art. Dare to sculpt your dreams!” – Rae Holton
Rae Barney Holton, a fifth-generation Central Oregonian, was born and raised in Oregon among a family of Artisans. Experimenting in a wide variety of media throughout her younger years, she has come to find an affinity for elements of the earth and media born through fire. Rae works primarily in clay, stone, and metals, though you will find some of her work in a wide variety of media as dictated by the piece.
Rena Harris, a pine needle weaving artist, finds her art both addictive and intoxicating. Her artwork has grown from simple baskets to major wall hangings, vessels, Christmas ornaments, and more. The recent collaboration with a fabulous potter to make ceramic vases with pine needle coiling.
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Rae Barney Holton
The swirling and flowing shapes and designs you see in Rae’s work are a reflection of her strong connection to the natural elements and the way energy moves.
Rae has studied in Oregon, California, and Arizona, completing studies in raku, saggar, and pit fire techniques under Rico Piper, renowned potter and raku master, and studies in sculpture and 3D design under Dick Marcusen, master sculptor. Her work has shown and sold in museums, galleries, juried competitions, and art shows across the western states and is in private collections around the world. Rae owned and operated Fire and Mud Studios in San Marcos CA where she taught classes and created before selling her business and moving home to Central Oregon. Currently, she is creating new and exciting works and collaborations from her studio in Prineville and working to create a nonprofit, Makers of Central Oregon to bridge the gap between makers and our community.
When Rena moved to Central Oregon, she noticed tons and tons of Ponderosa Pines and instantly fell in love with pine trees. After a pine needle basket making class in Sisters more than 12 years ago she was making pine needle baskets out of all these ponderosa pines!
Rena’s pieces contain Ponderosa pine needles from Oregon, Long Leaf Pine Needles from Georgia or Florida, and Torrey Pine needles from California.