I’ve been a fan of the ceramic work of Robin VanValkenburgh, a.k.a. Runny Bunny, for years. At first glance they might remind you of little knickknacks you’d find on your grandmother’s mantle or a discovery tucked away in the corner of an antique store. But look a little closer. What you’ll soon see is an exquisite corpse spirit of hybrid creatures that carry a delightful sense of awkwardness, frivolity and play. A baby’s head propped atop a bird’s body. A deer combined with a well-postured Victorian lady. It’s like a vivid dream of the land of misfit toys frozen in time and space. As a aficionado of the careful marriage of awkwardness and elegance, I find this community of creatures utterly delightful. For those of you lucky enough to live in the Asheville area, you can see some of Robin’s work in person at the upcoming Big Crafty event this coming weekend.