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Yucca Valley Material Lab is an artists' residency and public workshop program for craft.




Yucca Valley Material Lab is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Yucca Valley Material Lab must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Unless otherwise specified, your generous contribution will support the Lab's residency and public events programs.



Deep 'sunset work'.

Colors deepening into jewel tones; orange and pink sherbet. Always the faint perceptible tint of urban smog hanging over the mountains. I see raptors, rabbits, birds that look like tiny fish as their silhouetted bodies undulate across the sky. A lonely swallow balancing on a power line swaying in the wind. The carcass of an off road tire sprawled out so as to resemble an alligator coming out of the ground. 

The desert is divine.

The desert is dirty.

The desert is deadly.

The flickering porch lights tell me the kiln is still running. 

Martyna Szczesna, AiR September, 2019

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