In the mid 1950’s Inez reached age 30, and she left NYC to move back to the Capitaland Region of upstate New York, this time for good. She was employed as a junior high school art teacher in the Troy, NY school district.
From the late 1950’s and through the 1960’s, Inez dabbled in the ceramic arts. As you will see in the images of her work below, she continued to primarily be inspired by nature.
Many of her works at this time include birds, which will be a focus of her work in the 1980’s.
Inez Clute, Catskill Game Farm, mid 1950’s
Man and Woman Seated Figures – Sculpture Series – 1957
The next group of work is of animals – owl and birds. The red bird is a recipe card holder. The piece with three birds is dated 1966.
This last set is of practical household item:. Trivet. Plant hanger. Detail of bottom plant hanger and her signature. Candle holder. Vase.
Photos in this post are courtesy of Karen A. Sewell
Coming up: In the next post, Inez will marry. There will be new influences in her artwork and US laws of the 1950’s forcing a change in her career.