For the month of September I will be having a show in the North first floor galleries of McGuffey Art Center. This show combines my fiber art with my ceramics. One side of the hall is a display of my "Urban voyeur" work done from photos taken in the Charlottesville area. The other half of the show (show below) is a combination of my ceramic work and my explorations done at the art retreats I go to with five other artists. We head to the off-season shore and spend a week creating and communing. Those works, in turn, influenced the colors and textures of the accompanying ceramic work.
For an overview of the show, and to see the fiber art wall, click here
Below are some works from the Sand and Sea wall.
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One of the nice things about Ceramics is how the art can integrate into your life. My dog (a spoiled rotten creature) has many different treats depending on the occasion. So now she also has hand made canisters for each type of her treats!
I worked in the design industry for 40 years. During that time all handwork was replaced by the computer. Like and technology marched on. But I missed that tactile feeling of making with my hands. That is one reason that I love the fiber arts - cut, sew, touch - and now the same with clay!
Maybe it is the retro feelings of childhood mud pies, or fond and thankful memories of Don Hunt, my high school ceramics teacher, but either way I have been hooked. Three dimension work has never been my strong point, so I do struggle with that a bit, but the equation of the serendipitous mixed with planning that goes into hand building with clay is just right.
Below are some of the piece that I have made by combining several types of clay together. and used minimum glaze.
Each off-season, a group of us artists go for a week long retreat on the shores of the Eastern Outerbanks. It is a time for exploration, introspection and camaraderie. This year I made mugs for us all. I tried to reflect both the art style and the personality of each of us in the mugs. Truth be told, they probably held more wine than coffee!
A local ceramic studio, City Clay, opened its doors a little wider when they ceased doing classes during the pandemic. They allowed a few at a time to come in safely spaced and masked to work. My friend and expert ceramicist, Carol, invited me to go experiment with her. So fun!! I forged ahead and made a few things, but mostly was bitten by the bug.
I made some small items that I still use on my bathroom sink! The square covered vessel holds my hair ties, etc and the small glass holds my toothpaste.
The square piece was embossed with a lino cut that I made.
A couple years ago I stuck my artistic toes into the waters of Ceramics. I hadn't touched clay since high school, and had forgotten how wonderful it is. So here I am; at a new medium!