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ON OCTOBER 18TH, 2011, JENNY LIND, ARTIST AND CO-FOUNDER OF RAINBOW GATE, PASSED AWAY. HER HUSBAND, ALLAN WALTER, AND DAUGHTER, ANNA MASTERSON, ALONG WITH THE STAFF OF RAINBOW GATE, CONTINUE TO OPERATE THE POTTERY IN THE SAME IMAGINATIVE AND IMPECCABLE MANNER AS IT WAS WHEN JENNY WAS ALIVE.
Not far from Santa Fe, on the road to Lower Colonias in the conifer forests high in the mountains above Pecos, New Mexico you might notice one very different kind of metal gate of the type usually seen closing a gap in the barbed wire fences of the ranches out west. This one has its horizontal bars painted the colors of the spectrum. It is the rainbow gate, and beyond it is the home and studios of the artists Allan Walter and Jenny Lind. When they decided in 1994 to start a ceramic art business in Santa Fe, it was an easy decision to name the new enterprise Rainbow Gate, perfectly conveying the artists' sensibility and passion for COLOR.
New Mexico's colors are the colors of the sun and the earth and the sky. The colors of Spain. Literally. Look at the flags and you will see the same colors. The golden yellow of the sun and the red of the earth. And then, in Santa Fe, that sky behind the flag! A blue so chromatic that its saturation penetrates through the eyes to the soul. We think of places in colors of their artists. Goya, Picasso and Miro color Spain. Perhaps more than any other, Georgia O'Keefe has colored New Mexico.
In New Mexico colors are revealed by an extraordinary light - light so clear and intense it has always inspired artists - from Anasazi masters to Ansel Adams and Georgia O'Keefe to the not yet known masters working in Santa Fe and Taos today. Illuminated by that extraordinary light, New Mexico works its numinous way with artists. The light sculpts as well as paints and in the art of ceramics, especially, a powerful synthesis of beauty is possible. These things of elemental essences are found in the ceramic art of Rainbow Gate.
Allan Walter and Jenny Lind are the masters of Rainbow Gate. They have together spent their lives collaboratively evolving a ceramic art that embodies the visual delight and the spirit of New Mexico. Theirs is an original and authentic ceramic art that captures the sense of place that draws millions of visitors to Santa Fe.
From the fleeting intimacy of a hummingbird savoring summer nectar to a quiet meditation of flowers and fruit, or perhaps suspended koi in a liquid pool, or noble and magnificent steeds in a mountain pasture, Jenny's paintings on Rainbow Gate ceramics reveals her mastery of drawing and composition. She has a signature gesture that, wedded to her innate sensitivity to the light and color as a native of Santa Fe, is always lively and fresh.
Allan is the form and glaze master who interprets and translates Jenny's vision to the lasting durability that emerges from the transforming heat of the kiln. From the sculpted curve of a vase to the exquisite fit of images of fruit to the tondo of dinner plates, Allan's hand has touched and his eye directed the happy resolution of form, function and image. His original botanical designs are a hallmark icon of Rainbow Gate dinner plates.
We believe you will find owning RAINBOW GATE CERAMICS an esthetically enriching experience. Rainbow Gate's mission is to provide you with beautiful, colorful ceramic dinnerware and related pottery. We are artists who value the meaning and symbolism embodied in the useful objects we make.
Wherever you live, we hope the daily pleasure of a drink from a favorite Rainbow Gate cup or sharing your mealtimes around a place setting of Rainbow Gate dinnerware might also remind you of the beauty in the garden outside your home or perhaps in the faraway mountains you may see from your garden, or even how we share this life with all creatures of the earth.
We invite you to visit us in Santa Fe where we are an easy stroll over the river and off of the Turquoise Trail. If you have visited us, we hope your Rainbow Gate ceramics will serve as a lasting invitation to return to the beauty of Santa Fe and New Mexico.