The “planters” in this show evolved from the simple request of my wife, Ann, to make a few flower pots for her garden. Apart from the requirement of the planter to be a container for soil in which to grow flowers; I enjoyed the freedom of using a vocabulary of form, texture, and color found in my other three dimensional works in clay. I’ve been growing flowers in them for a few seasons and enjoy the interplay between the fixed shape of the pots and the unpredictable growth of the plants.
Arnie Zimmerman rose to prominence with large-scale carved vessels that resemble totem poles. In 2005, he received a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. The Brooklyn Museum, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Nacional Museu do Azulejo in Portugal, and the Runnymede Sculpture Farm in Woodside, California, are among the public collections holding work by Zimmerman.