Knoxville artist couple brought together by love of their craft

Knoxville artist couple brought together by a love of their craft

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A love of art brought Knoxville's Jay and Marga McBride together. A love of art brought Knoxville's Jay and Marga McBride together.
Marga McBride's works include bronze and clay pieces worked by hand, pressed together to create beautiful head sculptures and delicate angels. Marga McBride's works include bronze and clay pieces worked by hand, pressed together to create beautiful head sculptures and delicate angels.
It turns out Jay McBride has a knack for turning wood. While he says he's not an artist, his work may prove otherwise. It turns out Jay McBride has a knack for turning wood. While he says he's not an artist, his work may prove otherwise.
Marga McBride calls this piece a "Marital Barometer." She says when you come home and see this face, you know everything is at peace. Marga McBride calls this piece a "Marital Barometer." She says when you come home and see this face, you know everything is at peace.
But if you see this face, you know you better look out. But if you see this face, you know you better look out.

By GENE PATTERSON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - It's often said that the best relationships are those built on mutual interests. For Knoxville's Jay and Marga McBride, it was a love of art that initially brought them together.

"We first met at the Knoxville Museum of Art," said Jay McBride.

That was more than a decade ago, and today, their love of art and each other has grown greater.

A walk through the McBrides' lakeside home reveals a treasure trove of original art pieces.

"I love to find the humor in life. I love to laugh even in the worst of times," said Marga McBride.

Today, her works include bronze and clay pieces worked by hand, pressed together to create beautiful head sculptures and delicate angels.

Marga McBride believes all of us possess an inner artist.  Jay McBride found his in his wood shop.

"Marga, being an artist, and me hanging around her a lot, and going to shows, and I saw some bowls that I thought were interesting and I thought, 'Well I'll see if I can give that a whirl,'" he said.

It turns out Jay McBride has a knack for turning wood. While he says he's not an artist, his work may prove otherwise.

"This is a Manzanita bowl that he did, that is just gorgeous," said Marga McBride, showing off one of her husband's works.

The McBrides have found a mutual interest and turned it into a passion, creating love and art made in Tennessee.  

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