Best of Phoenix

Artist Cheryl Brandon Commemorates Phoenix with an Inside Joke

Best of Phoenix hit newsstands Sept. 26. In conjunction with this year's Vintage Phoenix theme, New Times is collaborating with R. Pela Contemporary Art to present "Hot Plate!" It's an exhibition of one-of-a-kind, Phoenix-inspired commemorative plates made by local artists. Leading up to the show's Oct. 4 opening, we're profiling each of the contributing artists and visiting their studios. Today: Cheryl Brandon.

Artist Cheryl Brandon moved from Kansas City to Phoenix in 1996 to escape the cold and the rain. She enjoys living in Arizona, but says she misses the large and mature art scene of Kansas City.

Brandon is a figurative ceramicist who is inspired by clay. The desert's animals and lush plants inspire some of her works, but people also play a role. She says that people, like clay, are shaped by experience.