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I was browsing through eBay when I noticed that one of mom's metal sculpture Gourmet Kitchen Utensils was for sale there by "groovyartlover." Not only that, but this now out of production piece, was mom's very first sculpture for Artisan House, under the pseudonym of C. Jeré. When her father passed on, he left her a great deal of machinery, table saws, welding tanks and supplies, anvil, etc. Dad taught her how to weld in the garage, and she, having been a stay-at-home mom and an amazing cook, drew her first ideas from her kitchen. My mother, Mrs. Aikens, went from the traditional 50's mom to Bunnie, the hip and groovy mom of the 60's and 70's, and then to BJ Keith the artsy entrepreneurial mom of the 80's and 90's. When I picture my mom now, I usually picture her in her welder's mask, jeans and boots out in the garage designing. We had about 5 decades of feminine history exemplified through watching and experiencing the growth and changes in my mother. She was and is truly an inspiration to us girls (her four daughters and five granddaughters). 



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