We had the good fortune of connecting with Deedee Hampton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Deedee, what are you inspired by?
Amulets & oddities, saints & sinners, miracles & magic, symbols & synchronicities inspire me. I am curious about exploring the mysteries of life and expressing my interest in them through my art work.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Currently I am making totems- both indoor and out- from stackable ceramic figures and mosaics. My pieces tell a story. The most recent one is “The Mother Earth Tree of Life Totem”. I created all the figures from clay. Mother Earth has the chakras running up her body and symbolic tatooing. She sits on a dais of mosaic glass that changes colors in the light, surrounded by multiple animals. The dais sits atop a globe i made from mosaics and a tree of life mosaic base. Out of the top of her head a violet crown chakra sprouts ceramic flowers with a Tree of Life, inspired by Mexican Arbol de la Vida candelabras, coming out of the flowers. Then there are more ceramic figures- including a cherub, ending in a flaming flying heart- the heart of passion. The totem is 51 inches tall. I am so excited to express my love of nature and of folk art and symbology through this piece! Clay is a fairly new medium for me and it has been both fun and stressful to learn about the chemistry of clay, glazes and firing temperatures! Some days i want to laugh with pleasure and others, cry at experiments gone bad. Perseverance as an artist is key. Collectors have described my pieces as interesting, unusual and thought provoking.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in Estes Park- the gateway town to Rocky Mountain National Park. Of course, my friend & i would spend several days in the Park- you can’t go wrong there with the beautiful connection to nature no matter which trail you take! I do love the hike to Chasm Lake- getting above tree line & the views of the Diamond on Longs Peak are stunning! We would drive over Trail Ridge one day to Grand Lake for the scenery & the fun of walking the boardwalks & peeking in cute shops in Grand Lake.Bird & Jim’s restaurant in Estes for dinner is one of my favs! Breakfast at Mountain Home Cafe in Allenspark and then catching a matinee opera in Central City would be another lovely day. I love the opera house & have seen so many fabulous operas there!! Denver is on the must do list- First Friday in the Santa fe Arts District, the Denver Art Museum, antiquing along Broadway, checking out some awesome food trucks…so much to do, so little time!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a big shout out to my parents who encouraged me in every way to become an artist- not too many parents would say “Don’t go to law school, be the artist you have always wanted to be!” My boyfriend, Joe Arnold deserves a HUGE shout out for always supporting me emotionally in my art journey AND by building things like shelves & bookcases for me in my studio: hauling and installing my ceramic kiln & other art supplies; and always being enthusiastic about sharing in the experience of visiting oddball and “normal” art & cultural sites wherever we go. He also understands that i need time – lots of time- in the studio to lead a vibrant healthy life. My close friend, Suzy, is always inspiring me with fresh ideas about my art themes and marketing avenues to try. I am sooooo blessed to have family members, friends & new-to-me people whose support means so much either through the positive comments that they make about my art or the financial support they give by buying my art.