I will be adding a new, once a month feature to the Culture and Cuisine Club.com. This new feature will profile a local Tampa Bay business woman. The qualifications are simple: The CCC’s Woman of the Month’s achievements are the result of her own creativity, hard work, and entrepreneurial skills. She is someone who lives her dreams, and has never compromised on the things she prizes most in life. She is a mentor and friend to those lucky enough to be included in her exciting, magic circle. She is an inspiration.
Kimberli Burns Cummings is our inaugural Woman of the Month. Kimberli began her love for pottery at Tampa’s Clay Factory in 1991 where she studied with many local and internationally recognized potters. She learned RAKU (in Japanese, means ‘to have fun‘) with Robert Piepenberg, organic forms with Paul Soldner and Peter Voulkos (American Modern Masters), structure and form from Hyde Park Studio’s Scott L. Aubrey. She also studied with the late Rudy Autio (Archie Bray Foundation). Summer 2009 she learned to master her Majolica art form at Arrowmont Art School from the best; Linda Arbuckle.
Kimberli’s current work uses majolica glazes in the depiction of organic forms of her native Florida. She sculpts gardens of fruit, landscapes of fish, Florida sunsets and tango dancers. Spring 2009 she represented Tampa as a potter on HGTV’s That’s Clever! demonstrating how to make a Tango Dancer dance!
Born and raised in Tampa, Fl. Kimberli graduated from H.B. Plant High and University of South Florida in 1995. After an extended acting career both in Tampa and Los Angeles (among a few; Gidget’s best friend on The New Gidget Show, Knot’s Landing, Enos, Ace Crawford;Private Eye with Tim Conway, Superboy and Second Noah ) she moved back to Tampa in 1989. Concurrent with her art, Kimberli has a successful skin care business at Faces Of South Tampa.
If this isn’t enough for you, Kim maintains a stunning English garden surrounding her thoughtfully decorated South Tampa home. Her Halloween party is always a much sought after invitation because of her bubbly personality and infectious sense of fun. Please join me in congratulating Kim on her accomplishments, and please support your local artists! Kim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.kimberlipottery.net.