About Sandra Luehrsen

Bio and Artist Statement


I was born in Chicago, Illinois and earned BA and MA degrees from Northern Illinois University. I moved to Arizona and got an MFA from Arizona State University (ASU). Following graduate school, I was hired as an administrator in the ASU Graduate College. After two promotions in 20 years, I left my position as an assistant dean to start my own business. I also taught 3D Design as an adjunct faculty member at Mesa Community College for 18 years. 

I exhibit and sell my art locally, nationally, and internationally. The Auckland Institute and Museum in New Zealand, the ASU Art Museum’s Ceramics Research Center, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, the West Valley Art Museum, the Cities of Phoenix, Tempe, Peoria, Chandler and Prescott Valley, the Kamm Teapot Foundation, and many notable private and corporate collections hold my art. 

Artist’s Statement

My art explores the cycles of life here on Earth and life in the hereafter -- if there is one. Nature shows us that there must be something bigger than us out there. I find that both humbling and hopeful.

I left the green Midwest to live in the wild khaki colored desert. I wanted a new beginning. The exotic desert flora fascinated me from the start. Inspired by desert plants, the colors of the land and sky, and a greener past, I use clay sculpture and mixed media prints to create my art. I build trees of life, gardens, skies, and purely sculptural vessels. Some sprout flowers, cacti, planets, and stars. 

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

My Dad called himself a jack-of-all-trades. I became one, too. See over 20 part time jobs, day jobs, and dream jobs I've held over the years. Can you relate?

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