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Innominate means not named or classified. The word has been used to describe human arteries, veins, bones, and currently an exhibition about healing. Heather Bradley’s innominate at form & concept is a body of works, including a collection of Arterial, Spinal, and Handheld clay pieces, as well as text art.

Amy Deneson Heather Bradley innominate

“innominate” by Heather Bradley at form & concept on 9.23.17

Dozens of black, white, and red pieces cover a 30-foot wall. Circular red pods, symbolizing blood droplets and reminiscent of traditional seed jars, dot. Vessels with tall necks take on the look and feel of vertebra, some with glaze scraped bare. Black-and-white porcelain pages, transcribed from her diary, tell a story of seeking. Text art spells out:




Heather explains that her work is representative of whatever she is presently going through in life. When she created innominate, she was learning to be a massage therapist and recovering from a spinal injury (severe enough that she was advised to stop throwing pottery).

Amy Deneson Heather Bradley bonessacral



She kept creating and learning to heal with her hands. The clay began to take the form of her spine—readjusting—and her body flowing—spinning beneath—transformative touch.

I love this expression of clay. I appreciate how physical it is–how, literally, to the core the work goes. As a potter and a writer, I empathize with the story Heather’s sharing, and this collection deeply moved me. I’m so glad to have caught the exhibition during a day trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Since, this collection has become something else. I learned during my visit that innominate would be transformed on the following Monday.

Amy Deneson Heather Bradley clay flowwrite





Blowing Rock, North Carolina is the gem of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Whether you’re seeking spring blooms, summertime farmer’s markets, fiery fall foliage, or a winter hideaway, Blowing Rock beckons you to come enjoy the Appalachian air.

In Curve magazine’s 2014 Travel Special, I highlight where to stay, go, and eat in the high-country village of Blowing Rock.

Where to Stay: Westglow Resort and Spa

Where to Stay: Westglow Resort and Spa

Where to Go: Boone Fork Loop Trail in Julian Price Memorial Park

Where to Go: Boone Fork Loop Trail in Julian Price Memorial Park

Where to Eat: Bistro Roca and Antlers Bar on Wonderland Trail

Where to Eat: Bistro Roca and Antlers Bar on Wonderland Trail

To read more about my trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains, pick up a March issue of Curve at B&N or subscribe.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a sensational Great Lakes getaway. The heartland city has delicious fare, lakeshore fun, and LGBT-friendly hospitality. Read about my happy hours spent in “Brew City” in this month’s Curve magazine.

Double Sobelman burger

Double Sobelman burger with fries



November issue of Curve is out now!

For my complete list of where to eat and drink in Milwaukee, pick up a copy of Curve magazine at Barnes & Noble or subscribe.


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