Through the years I learned that Shirlie was not just a photographer. She had a great eye for art, was a observer of people and an artist in so many ways. She was an author ... writing short stories and poetry. She was a lithographer ... see her linoleum block prints. She was an artist ... her drawings and graphic illustrations were integral parts of her scrapbooks.
Then one day, not long ago, I came across this little weird looking bird! I almost got rid of it. Then I saw the mark on the bottom ... SM '35. This was Shirlie's! A little pottery bird made when Shirlie was 17 years old.
I remember her telling me about a class she took on making pottery. She threw some pots ... never found those. She never mentioned this little critter.