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Susan Ryan posted a condolence
To Sandi's Family, A little story - In November 2008 I lost my beloved cat Brie. Brie and I had shared 17 years together and I wanted to find the perfect urn for her. While perusing various animal urn sites one had the most gorgeous urn that seemed so completely out of place among all the rest of items they sold. The description stated it was made by a ceramic artist in California. I immediately knew this was what I wanted for Brie. It was beautiful and I wanted it to represent how beautiful Brie was to me. I ordered the urn and waited to receive it. Months past and nothing. I patiently waited, periodically sending messages to the seller to find out where the urn was. The seller shared that the artist was very sick and so I patiently waited longer. Then the seller told me it was shipped and I should have it .... Nothing. At one point it all seemed a joke to me. I was very upset and told the seller that something that was supposed to be so special for my cat had turned into a some long ordeal, I still did not have the urn and the whole experience had made the lost of my cat even worse. Then out of the blue some time later, I received a call from a woman ... she told me she was the artist who makes the piece I had purchased and that she wanted to make everything right. She assured me she was legitimate and directed me to her site. There was the urn I purchased among other beautiful works of art. All incredibly elegant and graceful. This was how I came to know Sandi ... she thanked me for listening and being open to her and she absolutely wanted to make this right for me - free of charge. She understood the love we share with our pets and told me of her own pets. I thanked her as well for turning my feelings around again to know that the urn I had originally wanted for Brie was to be a thing of joy, connection and sharing from a woman in California to a woman in St Louis. She very much wanted to complete this for me. We agreed to work directly with one another. Over the course of the next several months I waited knowing she most likely wasn't feeling well. She would periodically touch base and let me know she was still working on the piece. She shared that it had been a rocky road since she thought she was all good, more cancer, in and out of the hospital, surgery and chemo. So even with all this going on for her she still worked to complete Brie's urn. More than a year after I had originally ordered the urn, Sandi did complete Brie's urn. I loved her work - I paid her for Brie's urn and had her make me 2 other pieces as well. All are beautiful. But the story is one of conviction, determination and caring - wanting to make it right for me and for her. She did make it right. I am so sorry to hear that she has passed. I put my own wish in my wish keeper that she find peace and that her spirit is reunited with her beloved pets as well. Most Sincerely, Susan Ryan St Louis, MO
Cherri Brown posted a condolence
Sandi, you are still in my prayers as I pray the angels join you with Glen. I'll always remember you as I first met you, throwing a pot at Glen's. My heart and love goes out to you, your family and loving friends. God bless and may he hold you forever in his loving arms.
Betsy Magen posted a condolence
Sandi, You are such a bright light of energy. We will all miss you & your joyful outlook. Love, Betsy
Dot Cramer posted a condolence
We met over 30 years ago at the Cafe Rio and became instant friends. I was drawn to your laugh and the way you didn't edit the things that came out of your mouth. We remained friends throughout all of the changes and the years. You continued to introduce me as your best friend. I will miss you, best friend. I'm so sorry I wasn't with you at the end. I will cherish my memories of all the good times. You lived your dream of being an artist and I am proud of you. I love you. Dottie Jeanne
Michele Candia-Leonard posted a condolence
Sandi, I know that you are now enjoying a walk on the beach with Glen and Arrow feeling the warmth of the sun and the ocean lapping at your feet. You were a tremendously strong, vibrant woman with an infectious laugh and love of life. You will live on in the beautiful clay creations you have left behind. Many sit on proud display in my home. I love you and will see you around the next bend again, and look forward to that sunset together!
jim Cramer posted a condolence
Sandi I loved your laugh your funny funny sense of humor, your friendship with Dottie and with the Cramers and we all haven't seen you in awhile but all those memories will live with us this life time and into forever. Where ever you are now, know your with us still on this earthly plane and we have an xtra angel to look after us. We will meet again to laugh to hug to smile and to love. I love you Sandi...Jimmy
Kimberly Page posted a condolence
Sandi, your spirit was always so bright! Our 35 year path was a long one, even though with many gaps. I wish you peace now and love forever. Kim
Janet Coster posted a condolence
I first "met" Sandi through her beautiful artistry, at one of her first -- or her first? -- art shows (in Berkeley) many years ago. Her work clearly impressed itself upon me, and when I met her 3 years ago, in her Santa Cruz studio, that memory unburrowed as we put all of the facts together. Sandi, since then, shared with me some of her challenging life circumstances, her losses and her fears, always deeply touching me. i could feel her openness of spirit and her courage in spite of those fears. We continued to have some intimate exchanges, as things unfolded into recent times, and i feel blessed that Sandi thought of me as a friend to trust and reach to, to be a support in certain ways. i feel real sorrow at losing her on this plane, knowing still that she is an unexpected and ongoing light in my life -- a mystery of connection that somehow addresses, in its largest scope, all of our shared human connection. Thank God for dear Sandi. Love, Janet
Brena Smith posted a condolence
After all of these years and all the time in the studio, it's hard to know what to say Sandi. The things I will remember the most are all those damn boxes, late nights packing for shows, and of course Arrow. I will also certainly never forget hunting for curls and harassing vineyard owner for access. I will always love the Castille glaze no matter how much you hated it. I am thankful for the scars on my hands to remind me of you and my time in the studio. I love and miss you.
Terrie Loveit posted a condolence
To the family & friends of Sandi. So very sad to hear that Sandi is no longer here. I work at Shampoo-Chez and knew Glenn, Sandi and Arrow, so we go back many years. I always enjoyed our little "chats" and loved when Desi came in to Sandi's life. I will not be able to be at the celebration, this Saturday, but Sandi will always have a special place in my heart and will be missed. Terrie Love-it
Susan Rettig posted a condolence
Sandi, From the time you and I were in college we have been best friends. Your laughter and zest for life has inspired us all. I will always remember the look on your face when I told you the night before you married Joe that I hadn't started sewing my "Maid of Honor Dress." Well, let's just say your ability to build things were not only in ceramics. I always admired your ability to do the things you are good at. I love you and will miss you. Say "hi" to Kona. In Christ's love. Susan