My studio at 33Arts, with a sampling of my new little shrines.


You KNOW how much I love having visitors to my studio! It’s the single more powerful way for people to connect with my artwork, my creative space, my stories, and me.

So it is with heavy heart that I announce I will NOT be open for the annual Art Trails Sonoma County open studio tour this year.

I am always open by appointment, of course, and will be for the tour.

But due to health concerns, and the size of my indoor space, I can’t be open to the general public those two weekends.

I fell in my studio two weeks before I had knee replacement surgery at the end of June. I was already scheduled for physical therapy for my knee, but had to wait almost two months to be scheduled for the fall. (I sort of displaced my sacroiliac joint, and suffererd constant, dull, never-ending pain for months. NOT FUN.)

Thank heavens for physical therapy. I’m healing, and feeling better.

But I still can’t even be in my studio for more than 3-4 hours at a time, I can’t stand for long periods of time, and frankly, I’m freaked out at the Delta variant with Covid-19. (I’m vaccinated, but it’s still scary.)

Keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll all find our way through this repeat of 2020 (DANG!!!) And when we do, I will host my open-to-everyone studio events again.

On the other hand, I’ve been asked to participate in a two-artist show at Corrick’s on Fourth Street in Santa Rosa, for the month of Octoboer, with local artist Teri Sloat. And now I’ll have time to create some new work for it! I was on a roll making mini-shrines for the past 18 months, hit a wall, and I’m now on a roll again. (Yay!)

Thank you for your patience and understanding. If you DO commit to an appointment, you can visit my listing on StudioDoorz and request an in-person visit.  Or find my contact info at the Art Trails website. (I’m studio #64.)  Or if you already have my contact info, email or text me for same. (Don’t call! I am swamped with robo-calls!)

A big shout-out to Sebastopol Center for the Arts marketing director Ronnie Sharpe for creating this sign for me! THANK YOU RONNIE, you rock!!!!


Author: Luann Udell

I find it just as important to write about my art as to make it. I am fascinated by stories. You can tell when people are speaking their truth--their eyes light up, their voices become strong, their entire body posture becomes powerful and upright. I love it when people get to this place in their work, their relationships, their art. As I work from this powerful place in MY heart, I share this process with others--so they have a strong place to stand, too. Because the world needs our beautiful art. All of it we can make, as fast as we can! Whether it's a bowl, a painting, a song, a garden, a story, if it makes our world a better place, we need to do everything in our power to get it out there.


  1. In our village south of Sydney, Australia, our monthly Art Trail has been virtual only since July. We are not permitted any visitors to the home and all non-essential businesses are closed. But we are getting blogs from our artists as well as updates, and they are still able to make sales. We are expecting to be in lockdown for a few more months.
    You are right to be cautious due to the delta variant. It is six times more contagious than the first form of Covid the world faced.
    I hope you can continue to heal during this time (sorry to hear about your fall!).
    Stay safe, stay creative!

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    1. Helen, I so appreciate the validation! Thank you!!!!! Many artists in this area have outdoor space or bigger spaces with lots of windows. Not me! It was keeping me up at not but not going away in the morning, which I took as a sign. Stay safe! ❤️❤️❤️


  2. You’ve faced so much…The magic of your work will bring interests and buyers, despite the necessary changes during AT ’21. Glad the p.t. is underway.

    Congrats on the Corrick’s show with Teri!



  3. I trust you will recover as quickly as possible and be back for the next opportunity for the public to experience your wonderful artwork. It dawns on me that you are the only artist I still follow from the Ceramics Arts forums and that there is a great reason for that… your extraordinary work.

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    1. Omygosh, Tom, good to hear from you, and also wonderful to hear your thoughts! Thank you!!! Yes, I LOVE having people come to my studio, it was a hard decision to make. But as soon as I made it, a great weight was lifted from my heart. So YES, NEXT YEAR!!


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