Bottle Houses: The Creative World of Grandma Prisbrey

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Being inside one of Grandma Prisbrey's houses was like being inside a rainbow or a kaleidoscope or a jewel.

A vibrant portrait of American visionary artist Grandma Prisbrey

The walls of Grandma Prisbrey's houses glowed and glittered with color because she made them out of bottles. Large and small, fancy and plain, Grandma Prisbrey salvaged every bottle she could find.
Soon people started calling Grandma Prisbrey an artist. "I can't even draw a car that looks like one," she said. "But I guess there are different kinds of art." Lush and lyrical, this is an evocative introduction to the world of visionary, or untrained, art.

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California folk-, visionary-, outsider-, or just plain artist Tressa Prisbrey left behind a "village" of houses, walls, monuments, and pavements constructed from thousands of bottles and other ... Read full review

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"Bottle Houses" is a biography book of an local Ventura, CA artist. It is written by Melissa Eskridge Slaymaker and published in 2004. "Bottle Houses" is the story of grandmother Prisbrey who had some land in Simi Valley, CA. who went to a dumpster and found different kinds of color and sizes of bottles. She decides that to occupy her time, she would build different kinds of things with the bottles. All she needed to do for the bottles to stay together was to use cement. Grandma Prisbrey built walls, doll houses, pencil houses to house her pencil collection, a chapel and she even built a round house out of bottles. This kept her really busy, since she had to come back for more bottles. Grandma Prisbrey's past time made her an artist. Even though she did not consider herself one, she was indeed creative and people from all over came to see her creations. The 1994 Northridge earthquake damage "Bottle Village" as the site displaying her art is known by, but it has since been rebuilt and is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. "Bottle Village" has thirteen one-room buildings grandma Prisbrey called houses.  

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About the author (2004)

Melissa Eskridge Slaymaker was inspired to write this book by a visit to Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village in California. Ms. Slaymaker lives with her husband and daughter in Knoxville, Tennessee. This is her first book for children.

Julie Paschkis visited Bottle Village before starting this book. A painter and illustrator of several highly acclaimed books, she lives and works in Seattle, Washington.

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