M Roach's Profile

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I've made a life of music and art since I was a baby, my first home hootenanies with older sisters, and myself on the uke at three. We had a childhood filled with art and music and a love of outdoors adventures. I met my husband David in '79, beginning our first decade as nomadic artists in a homemade sailboat. Our first collaborative art was adventure and travel, financed with beaded jewelry, fabric art,and baskets made along the river from vines and bargeline. We began with the clay from the river bank and pitfired pottery on river islands, eventually made into whistles as well as bowls, cups, and fish ornaments. We traded these things to curious people along the way, for our groceries, to fill out our diet of fish and weeds. Our boat years took us from the jungle river wilds of southern Indiana to the tropical waters around Key West. By far the wilder place is here in Indiana, on the banks of the great Ohio River; so when…

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  • Joined November 24, 2009

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clay, glass, natural stones, beads, and all of the natural world

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Roachworks
Handmade wearable and musical art inspired...

About

I've made a life of music and art since I was a baby, my first home hootenanies with older sisters, and myself on the uke at three. We had a childhood filled with art and music and a love of outdoors adventures. I met my husband David in '79, beginning our first decade as nomadic artists in a homemade sailboat. Our first collaborative art was adventure and travel, financed with beaded jewelry, fabric art,and baskets made along the river from vines and bargeline. We began with the clay from the river bank and pitfired pottery on river islands, eventually made into whistles as well as bowls, cups, and fish ornaments. We traded these things to curious people along the way, for our groceries, to fill out our diet of fish and weeds. Our boat years took us from the jungle river wilds of southern Indiana to the tropical waters around Key West. By far the wilder place is here in Indiana, on the banks of the great Ohio River; so when our clay began to ground us, this is where we made our home. We traveled to many art and music festivals all around the midwest during the next 25 years; while turning whistles into ocarinas into our pocket-pipes for playing the deeply subtle and intricate Celtic tunes that captured our hearts. Living on land we could expand our musical instrument collection as our love of very old music grew. David's infatuation with bagpipes and concertina fed the development of those pocketpipes that can play that lovely body of old music. Guitars, my Irish bazouki,bones,and drums came along to expand the music more fully. Meanwhile, we began to build a home here at Roachport, turning a poison ivy and briar covered ridgetop into a rich landscape of everything I think could possibly grow here. We still eat the weeds,but our long permaculture experiment has made a lush garden full of chickens,pumpkins squash,tomatoes,orchids,and orchards,too. There is always something blooming, and something to eat! The lampwork glass sprang from a lifetime of collecting and studying all beads throughout history. David got his first torch in the 90's and set about obsessively creating new beads based on old techniques and styles. Of course, he had to create his own techniques to realize the beads he wanted to see. And as always, since I was three, I make them into jewelry.

I hope you will enjoy the pieces on display here in our shop!

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