Celebration of Art with Barbara Peacock on April 21

Barbara Peacock, the imaginative artist behind those wonderful horsehair Spirit Bears and Spirit Horses at Sibley's West, will be celebrated at the store on the evening of Friday, April 21, during the Chandler Art Walk.

Barbara, who was one of our original 55 suppliers when we opened in December 2010, is stepping away from her kiln after more than 10 years and a lifetime of beautiful pieces.

She will be our special guest from 6 to 8 pm to meet visitors and discuss her art.

She spent most of her career doing commercial work after graduating from Arizona State University.

She then eagerly jumped into more creative work.

"Being an Arizona gal, it seemed only natural to do Southwest art," the resident of Chandler and Show Low said. "I love all of the colors that you see in the desert, as well as the mountains."

Her Spirit Bears and Spirit Horses come in various sizes and with unique decorations. She also has produced a variety of Shaman representations.

Each piece was individually molded from slabs of clay and fired at a high temperature in her kiln.

When the temperature was reduced to 1,000 degrees, she removed each piece and draped it with horsehair.

"I would then quickly add the chemical that makes the red mottled surface color," she said.

Once that had cooled, she would begin the process of individually decorating the pieces.

"I would add the leather, the beads, and the feathers," she said. "It's fun to combine the colors with the horses and bears in a fanciful way."

For the shaman pieces, she would find other types of items to complete the medicine man's garments.

Her affection for the region comes through in her art.

"I hope you enjoy them as much I enjoyed creating each one," she said.