Archive for ceramic

Monique Rivera

Title:  Ancient Flower

Size:  5″h x 4″w x 4″d

Light and Shadow:  My piece fits into the show because of the way light reflects strongly off its brilliant white surface, while the underglaze creates shadows in the design.

Price:  $40

Monique Rivera

Sigrid McCabe

Title:  Siren Wendy

Size:  19″h x 10″w x 16″d

Light and Shadow:  The highlights and shadows accentuate the sensuousness of this Siren.

Price:  $900

Statement:  My work often uses the tradition of combining human and animal figures to explore the meaning of our experiences via the prism of nature. The figures emote qualities through the gaze, the gesture and dance.

More about my work:  www.sigridmccabe.net

Sigrid McCabe

Sharbani Das Gupta

Title:  Drift

Size:  14″h x 14″w x 3″d

Price:  $300

Statement:  Separation and connection. My work is an act of figurative narration, with overtones of politics and socio-cultural issues and undertones of the personal. I exist between two countries, moving between political and environmental tensions and striving for balance in an uneven world. Inspiration comes from juxtapositions of the incongruous, myths and media and my life. Perspective comes from being the continuous visitor.
I hope that art, with its ability to mirror, breach boundaries and reveal the unseen, may yet be the way to make a difference. As the Native Americans have said: ‘We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children’. It is with this consciousness that I try to create, communicate, have a voice.

 

 

More about my work:  www.sharbanidasgupta.com

Sharbani Das Gupta

Mario Quilles #2

Title:  Light Catcher

Size:  25″h x 10″d

Light and Shadow:   The light and shadows of the oceans produce reflections on our planet.

My work has always been and continues to be about three dimensional shapes that reflect light, as it falls on them now and as it fell on objects in early times. Light disturbed by shape creates shadow, without that light the shapes and their shadows wouldn’t be visible. Each projection on each piece affects the light, and consequently the shadow, differently.

Price:  $385

Statement:  Mario is a Santa Fe based ceramic artist who has been exploring the outer edges of his medium. Originally a New Yorker, he is a graduate of Cooper Union Art School in NYC. His explorations of the nearby areas provide him with the wood from which he crafts his own tools.

More about my work: www.marioquilles.com/

Mario Quilles

Michael Thornton #2

Title:  Faceted Tokkuri

Size:  9″h x 3″d

Light and Shadow:  The travel of the flames and ashes within the wood firing leaves telling traces along its’ path. The clay forms’ leading edges, bearing the brunt of the flame’s draft contrast with the leeward shadows, resulting in a random drama of transmuted surfaces and colors.

Price:   $300

Statement:

Michael Ray Thornton is a master potter and art teacher whose work expresses his affinity with Oriental pottery traditions and aesthetics. He has studied his art for over 30 years in America and Japan with such ceramics masters as John Takehara, Jim Srubek, Manji Inoue and Ko Inoguchi. From the painstaking craftsmanship demanded by the Arita porcelain technique, to the wabi-sabi aesthetic of stoneware tea ceremony vessels, and the seductive depth of a classic celadon glaze, Michael finds a well of knowledge and inspiration in the ceramic traditions of Japan, China and Korea. He draws from these traditions liberally as he expresses his own creative vision in clay.

Michael’ work is in public and private collections around the globe.

From:  Albuquerque

Michael Thornton

Michael Thornton #1

Title:  Kirinuki Tokkuri

Size:  9″h x 4″d

Light and Shadow:  The travel of the flames and ashes within the wood firing leaves telling traces along its’ path. The clay forms’ leading edges, bearing the brunt of the flame’s draft contrast with the leeward shadows, resulting in a random drama of transmuted surfaces and colors.

Price:  $300

Statement:  Michael Ray Thornton is a master potter and art teacher whose work expresses his affinity with Oriental pottery traditions and aesthetics. He has studied his art for over 30 years in America and Japan with such ceramics masters as John Takehara, Jim Srubek, Manji Inoue and Ko Inoguchi. From the painstaking craftsmanship demanded by the Arita porcelain technique, to the wabi-sabi aesthetic of stoneware tea ceremony vessels, and the seductive depth of a classic celadon glaze, Michael finds a well of knowledge and inspiration in the ceramic traditions of Japan, China and Korea. He draws from these traditions liberally as he expresses his own creative vision in clay.

Michael’ work is in public and private collections around the globe.

Michael Thornton, 2017 Award of Merit

Mario Quilles #1

Title:  Early Oceanic Cactus

Size:  26″h x 10″d

Light and Shadow:   The light and shadows of the oceans produce reflections on our planet.

My work has always been and continues to be about three dimensional shapes that reflect light, as it falls on them now and as it fell on objects in early times. Light disturbed by shape creates shadow, without that light the shapes and their shadows wouldn’t be visible. Each projection on each piece affects the light, and consequently the shadow, differently.

Price:  $485

Statement:  Mario is a Santa Fe based ceramic artist who has been exploring the outer edges of his medium. Originally a New Yorker, he is a graduate of Cooper Union Art School in NYC. His explorations of the nearby areas provide him with the wood from which he crafts his own tools.

More about my work:  www.marioquilles.com/

Mario Quilles

Marilu Tejero #2

Title:  Wood Fired Box

Size: 10″h x 7″w x 4″d

Light and Shadow:   Wood firing never ceased to amaze me.  The expectation raised by the dream of the finished pieces. The preparation of the fire wood, the selection, chopping, careful storage. Crews commitment and division of labour.
The joy of feeding the live fire and giving generously very long and exhausting hours, to see the birth of ash covered, kissed by the flames new treasures.  My soul will always long for the wood fired ceramics.

Price:  $180

Statement:  I aspired to create a body of work that had a strong South American feeling with archeological qualities.  To achieve this, I invented a culture called “PIMACHI”. which has an “archeological site”.  It is here where I “find” my sculptures.   I am inspired in childhood memories, the environment where I was born, a strong awareness of the tremendous wealth of the American cultures.  Visions of ancient temples, weathered walls with lichen and fungii growth, distorting the once beautiful designs on bright and earthy colours.

Marilu Tejero

Marilu Tejero #1

Title:  Chopsticks

Size:  .5″h x 19″w x 15″d depending on arrangement

Light and Shadow:  In 2003, I was given my first painted chopstick. Since then, every time I ate Asian food I took home my chopsticks and painted them. Two at a time, just doodled on them.  By now I have an extensive collection to just play with them.  Last April, I was invited to Yixing to a Ceramics Symposium. After lunch at the enormous studio where close to all artists and staff members ate, I collected the chopsticks from the disposal bags, washed them and in my spare time, painted them with ink and my new brushes.  On the last day I gave one to everybody, asking  to return next year one painted for me.

Back at home, with China fresh in my mind, I made porcelain chopsticks and painted them one by one, hoping to share the secret joy they bring me.

 

Price:  $150

Statement:   I aspired to create a body of work that had a strong South American feeling with archeological qualities.  To achieve this, I invented a culture called “PIMACHI”. which has an “archeological site”.  It is here where I “find” my sculptures.   I am inspired in childhood memories, the environment where I was born, a strong awareness of the tremendous wealth of the American cultures.  Visions of ancient temples, weathered walls with lichen and fungii growth, distorting the once beautiful designs on bright and earthy colours.

More about my work:  www.marilutejeroceramics.com

Marilu Tejero

Margaret Towne #1

Title:  Buddha Boy

Size:  16″h x 23″w x 7″d

Light and Shadow:  A personification of peace, light and meditation.

Price:  $1200

Statement:  I have been “doing clay” since I was 19 years old. I am now 66 years old. I recently retired from teaching ceramics,sculpture and art history for over 30 years to adults and kids. I am happily settling into the Abiquiu area and working in my studio. I am firing at a low temperature for all of my work. Red clay…. all the way… for the most part! My working focus rotates between pottery wheel work, coil built figures and vessels and slab serving dishes. For me, It is extremely important to work with my hands. I hope to continue doing it for a very long time.

Margaret Towne

Lee Akins #2

Title:  Lidded Jar

Size:  12″h x 13″w x 13″d

Light and Shadow:  The swirling movement of light and dark portray the theme.

Price:  $350 SOLD

Statement:  My work seeks to combine figurative imagery with the format of the traditional clay vessel. The vessel has historically been a powerful metaphor for the body, with each part of the pot being named for the corresponding area of the body. A full lip, a gentle curve of the neck, a rotund belly or a broad shoulder all combine to provide animation to the pot. Some are predominantly male, some are a synthesis of male and female but most are female forms inspired by fertility figures found in most early cultures. The Venus of Willendorf and the stone carvings of the Cycladic culture are some of the most powerful to me. My pieces are coil-built out of terra cotta. Coiling allows me to control the form while the joining marks provide an inherent rhythm to the surface. Peeling paint and mossy rocks provide sources of inspiration for the color and textures of my work.

Lee Akins

Lee Akins #1

Title:  Bronze Bottle

Size:  11″h x 6″w x 6″d

Light and Shadow:  The dark planetary form invokes the theme of light and shadow,

Price:  $250

Statement:  My work seeks to combine figurative imagery with the format of the traditional clay vessel. The vessel has historically been a powerful metaphor for the body, with each part of the pot being named for the corresponding area of the body. A full lip, a gentle curve of the neck, a rotund belly or a broad shoulder all combine to provide animation to the pot. Some are predominantly male, some are a synthesis of male and female but most are female forms inspired by fertility figures found in most early cultures. The Venus of Willendorf and the stone carvings of the Cycladic culture are some of the most powerful to me. My pieces are coil-built out of terra cotta. Coiling allows me to control the form while the joining marks provide an inherent rhythm to the surface. Peeling paint and mossy rocks provide sources of inspiration for the color and textures of my work.

More about my work:  www.claystudiotour.com/lee-akins/

Lee Akins

Elizabeth Rose

Title:  Gaming Device

Size:  6″h x 9″w x 9″d

Light and Shadow:  White on White relies on the angle of the light, and its movement across the work to lighten and deepen shadows collected in the piece’s hollows.

Price:  $500

Statement:  Since moving from London to the U.S. in 1986, Elizabeth Rose has worked as a professional sculptor, showing in solo and group exhibitions in the U.S., Australia, Canada and the U.K. Recognized for her innovative works in ceramic, bronze and steel, her sculptures have been featured in the San Francisco Examiner, the Houston Chronicle, the Albuquerque Journal and the Sunset Western Garden Book. Her earlier works were brightly colored cut and folded steel figures, often with a kinetic element. Since 1995, Elizabeth has worked in ceramic and bronze, creating large and small-scale figures, vessels, wall-reliefs and abstract works.

 

More about my work:  www.galisteoliz.com/

Elizabeth Rose

Ericka Norris

Title:  Ghost Parents

Size:  12″h x 6″w x 4″d

Light and Shadow:  For this year’s entry I’ve made a triptych of small figures. When I started working on my show entry my Mother in law was very ill.  This gave me deep thought into the nature of family and generations past and present.  In no other relationship do we experience such dynamic change as the one we have with our parents and children in both we hopefully accept a person going from helpless dependence to independence and sometimes back to dependence.  As I worked on these pieces my Mother in law left this world. Her spirit and the many facets of her personality will remain in our family through the generations. Each figure represents an aspect of the parents in my life both mine and my husband’s.

Price:  $120

Statement:  Coils, magic rocks and fire. My fascination with the pottery of the Southwest began at Beloit College where I studied pottery and installed a exhibit of Mimbres pre-Columbian pottery at the Logan Museum of anthropology.

Having lived in many places, I am pleased to call New Mexico my home or maybe it called me home. Working in the Southwest tradition of coil building was enhanced by the good fortune of studying with Sumi Von Dassow up in Denver. She taught me how to coil and burnish like a pro. More importantly she got me to take a risk and quit throwing tightly formed functional ware.
When I coil or hand build the inner critic goes: I know not where. Thus freed, everything but what I am working on melts away. The forms bubble up from deep inside. I would like to think the resulting vessels contain some of that spirit and energy and that it can be shared.

Ericka Norris

Luisa Baldinger #1

Title:  Vessel, Studio #66, Stacked Rocks

Size:  15″h x 9″w x 5″d

Light and Shadow:  

Price:  $400

Statement:  A maker of containers all of my life in clay, I am intrigued by volume, negative/positive space, and complex surface, and work to have these elements orchestrate into a satisfying three-dimensional “vessel” idea. At this point, my vessels are simply sculptural forms, vehicles for the exploration of color, surface, movement in three directions. Inspiration comes from rocks found in the back arroyos, fragments of coral on a beach, plant parts, geologic elements. I imagine that these vessels might have been unearthed in an archeological dig somewhere, relics from an ancient culture, giving rise to questions about that culture: who were the folks who made these pots? What were they thinking? What ancient contents did these vessels hold?

More about my work: www.willettbaldingerceramics.com

Luisa Baldinger

Lisa McEneaney

Title:  Cat Bowl

Size:  3″h x 11″w x 11″d

Light and Shadow:  Variations in the glaze and the painting give the cat depth, creating shadow.

Price:  $80 SOLD 

Statement:  Clay is relatively new in my life, but it has enabled me to combine some of the things that are most important to me. As a child I painted and drew, most often animals and children. Then, life got serious and my love of animals led me to veterinary medicine. With retirement, I discovered Santa Fe, and rediscovered my love of painting and drawing when I found clay. I find nothing more satisfying than the feel of the clay as I make or throw a piece, and the drawing and painting on the piece as I decorate and glaze.

Lisa McEneaney

Kim Louise Glidden #2

Title:  Mi Amor en el Camino de Taos

Size:  27″h x 14″w x 10″d

Light and Shadow:  Shadowed memories come to light on her face.

Price:  $3,500

Statement:  In 1998, I returned to my love of working with clay discovered during three years of high school ceramics, retraining myself on the pottery wheel and sculpting. After the end of a 21-year marriage and undergoing treatment for breast cancer, to follow the clay became my mantra and life path. Mythic themes, archeological artifacts, nature, and the human form capture my interest. There is for me a fascinating relationship working in clay and sculpting bones. Ceramic sherds and bones reveal our cultural and evolutionary history.

Basically self-taught, I apprenticed with American and New Zealand trained potters and worked as a clay arts instructor tor 12 years. From 2005 through 2016, I worked from my Aspen Vignettes studio at my gallery. The Pottery Studio Gallery in Littleton, Colorado, where I represented over 50 Colorado artists. Since my move in 2017 to Chimayo, New Mexico, I work from a sunny home studio surrounded by lush foliage-“an acequia runs through it.”

More about my work:  www.kimlouiseglidden.com/

Kim Glidden

Kim Louise Glidden #1

Title:  Ravens- Macaw Masquerade

Size:  23″h x 23″w x 18″d

Light and Shadow:  Ravens evoke dark shadows and the colorful macaw wings and masks reflect lavender light upon the ravens.

Price:  $5,700

Statement:  In 1998, I returned to my love of working with clay discovered during three years of high school ceramics, retraining myself on the pottery wheel and sculpting. After the end of a 21-year marriage and undergoing treatment for breast cancer, to follow the clay became my mantra and life path. Mythic themes, archeological artifacts, nature, and the human form capture my interest. There is for me a fascinating relationship working in clay and sculpting bones. Ceramic sherds and bones reveal our cultural and evolutionary history.

Basically self-taught, I apprenticed with American and New Zealand trained potters and worked as a clay arts instructor tor 12 years. From 2005 through 2016, I worked from my Aspen Vignettes studio at my gallery. The Pottery Studio Gallery in Littleton, Colorado, where I represented over 50 Colorado artists. Since my move in 2017 to Chimayo, New Mexico, I work from a sunny home studio surrounded by lush foliage-“an acequia runs through it.”

More about my work: http: www.kimlouiseglidden.com/

Kim Glidden

Kathy Stephenson #2

Title:  Blossom

Size:  8″h x 9″d

Light and Shadow:  Shows these two characteristics.

Price:  $75

Statement:

 

More about my work:

Kathy Stephenson

Kathy Stephenson #1

Title:  Elegance

Size:  12″h x 7″d

Light and Shadow:  I think porcelain naturally reflects light and shadow with ease.

Price:  $75

Statement:

 

More about my work:

Kathy Stephenson

Judith Richey

Title:  White or Black Beans

Size:  10″h x 7″d

Light and Shadow:  I love to cook, and when I work in the studio, I create pieces That I hope people will enjoy in their homes. I did not make this casserole to fit into the theme of the show but rather to be a vessel that will be filled with something delicious. Perhaps a savory pot of beans, white or black, your choice.

Price:  NFS

Statement: I began my journey in clay in 1972 at the De Young Museum Art School in San Francisco. My work developed with a definite influence from an Eastern Esthetic, as my first teacher, David Fugiama, instilled in me a careful attention to form, balance, special finishing details, glaze application, and firing.
My goal has always been to create pieces that people will enjoy and use often in their homes. My work is wheel thrown and hand built and I work both in stoneware and porcelain clays, and I especially enjoy carving designs into the clay. I fire in a gas kiln in both oxidation and reduction environments.
Although I am not currently represented by any gallery, I offer my work through my website and directly at my studio.
My studio is located in a beautiful setting in the Mountains east of Albuquerque, where I enjoy watching the weather change over the San Pedro and Ortiz mountains, and the many songbirds and cottontails that live beneath the piñon trees in my backyard, and the coyotes who visit often. This special place has been an inspiration for the pieces that I create.
Clay is a wonderful medium, perfect in every way for many uses and forms of expression. It is also one of the most enduring art forms in any culture. When I think of the many functional pieces that I have created during all these years, and visit with people who have been using them, I am pleased to have made something useful and lasting that they truly enjoy.

More about my work:  http://www.djrichey.com/

Judith Richey

Joretha Hall

Title:  Patty Cake

Size:  15″h x 8″w x 14″d

Light and Shadow: Light and Shadow are the expressions on the face of the young child playing “patti cake” with Mom.

Price:  NFS

Statement:

 

More about my work:  www.eldoradoarts.org

Joretha Hall

Joe Bova

Title:  Conspirator

Size:  25″h x 11″w x 13″d

Light and Shadow:  Ravens collect together in Conspiracies. They are living shadows flying through light. Inspired by their constant presence around my studio, this solitary Conspirator emerged, inspired by Pueblo Kachina form.

Price:  $3,600

Statement:  For much of my career I have been making social and political commentary art, often also involving eroticism. In 2003 I began work that was responsive to the misguided policies of my government. As the Republican senator from Missouri, Charles Schurz said in 1861, “Our country, right or wrong. When right, to be kept right, when wrong to be put right.” I have been trying through my work to do my part. However in 2006-07, seeking a respite from the polemical, I returned to an earlier and abiding interest in animal forms and imagery with a new interest in integrating the vessel, namely the teapot, with the figure. The pot incognito, you might say.

More about my work:  www.joebovastudio

Joe Bova, 2017 Award of Merit

Jennifer Lowell

Title:  Round Trip

Size:  3″h x 14″d

Light and Shadow:

Dusk is a particularly exquisite time of the day. The clouds take on a distinct light, that surrounds us and colors the sky. Swallows come out from the shadows of porch eaves and muddy nests, their tiny bodies dart around so beautifully. I have always been mesmerized by this early evening nature poem.

Price:  $128

Statement:  I love clay, from porcelain whites to deep reds and browns. I love it all. Since I am not able to truly devote myself to being a ceramic artist with the time I would like to, I feel as though I am preparing myself for my next life!!!  My inspiration comes from the same forces that seem to inspire most artists, the sublime beauty of nature. The patterns, the colors, the textures and the light. Our earth is the divine mother of such exquisiteness that to be alive is to be in love with her. I learned to throw in Spain from a master potter and continue to be enamored of the wheel. I also enjoy sculpting and hand-building with its very different clay experience. I enjoy wood and soda firings and the enriching experiences clay continues to provide.

More about my work:

Jennifer Lowell

Frank Willett #2

Title:  Glove Form

Size:  10″h x 10″d

Light and Shadow:  Shadow inside, Light outside.

Price:  $375

Statement:  In these days of richly enhanced communication we have the opportunity to experience the popular and easy ways of seeing things from varied sources, prehistoric to contemporary and worldwide. Now we have a tremendous vocabulary of forms and decorative treatments for design ideas. There seem to be no rules or prescriptions for creativity at present, so the artist and craftsman has an open formats for the invention of a new and unseen direction or a recombination of defined patterns. The pieces I make from clay are intended to have a pleasant presence in any setting and be functional.

More about my work:  www.willettbaldingerceramics.com

Frank Willett, 2017 Special Juror Award

Frank Willett #1

Title:  Bowl

Size: 4″h x 16″d

Light and Shadow:  Dark and light contrasting: “Darkness” on the rim, “lightness” interior.

Price:  $350

Statement:  In these days of richly enhanced communication we have the opportunity to experience the popular and easy ways of seeing things from varied sources, prehistoric to contemporary and worldwide. Now we have a tremendous vocabulary of forms and decorative treatments for design ideas. There seem to be no rules or prescriptions for creativity at present, so the artist and craftsman has an open formats for the invention of a new and unseen direction or a recombination of defined patterns. The pieces I make from clay are intended to have a pleasant presence in any setting and be functional.

More about my work: https://www.willettbaldinger.com/

Frank Willett

Elizabeth Donsbach

Title:  The Garden at Night

Size:  25″h x 10″w x 10″d

Light and Shadow:  Colors and forms in nature mute but may also become richer as the shades of twilight and night close over them. In New Mexico, the land sometimes gives off a strange glow just after sunset, almost as if the day’s light had condensed into embers. It feels like a magic time because it shines darkness and light at once. The Garden at Night plays with what might emerge in those shadows.

Price:  $1500

Statement:  I came to work with clay after a lifetime love of dirt and wild landscapes, so clay feels like a natural friend. Clay has so many virtues: open minded in its interests; imaginative and sensual in its play. Its structure possesses integrity and a complex intelligence. It is pliant but not easy. I also love the clean and elegantly emotional lines of classical sculpture; but I seem unable to do that kind of work. What I see in life is complexity and paradox, contradictory and ambiguous relationships. The world of life is lush and weird, and the layered depths of it are infinite. I can’t depict that vision literally, so I lay it down in tangled imagery that points to the feelings it evokes. My process is to work with the clay, offering it a form, offering the images that come into my mind; but mostly listening and watching for the moment when the clay speaks back in its rich voice, and stories sprout in its soil.

Elizabeth Donsbach

Eileen Gorman

Title:  Stones Rising

Size:  11″h x 24″w x 14″d

Light and Shadow:  Stones rise from the ocean around the globe. As the sun rises and sets, the light moves over the stones and changes the view of the shadow on the water, continuously changing the view. The color of the stones will change, providing the viewer with a new scene throughout the journey of the natural light over time. This creates a new scene at each moment of view and a new wonder to bring peace or stimulate the imagination.

Price:  $900

Statement:  The earth is made of sand, stone and water that make up the landscapes. These inspire my work evoking vistas and visions. In addition, these landscape components also make up clay which can be turned into natural forms again through the artistic process. The special geological features of the world, particularly mountains and large vistas, are a strong source of inspiration. With climate changes happening rapidly, creating new forms for display, reminding us of nature, seem more and more important with every passing day.  Each new form is inspired by some natural structure or idea, building either on a memory of a form or other ideas and impressions. In addition to being inspired by monumental vistas, I envision my work installed as small monuments themselves.  As a result, my preference is for high fired processes. These processes can be unpredictable, creating surprises, just as nature does.  But we must adapt to both, in order to move forward.

More about my work:  www.http://claystudiotour.com/eileen-gorman/

Eileen Gorman

Darla Graff Thompson #2

Title:  40 Days & 40 Nights

Size:  13″h x 6″w x 7″d

Light and Shadow:  The title is from the Bible where it appears several times, always representing a period of trial or probation and emphasizing trouble or hardship, but always with a redemption or deliverance at the end; the interplay of light and shadow is external, but also occurs internally, with our own struggles and challenges that we must face and overcome.

Price:  $350

Statement:  I began sculpting in the early 1980’s and continued creating with clay as I pursued an education in chemistry, providing my life with much-needed stress relief and balance. My sculptures are condensed thoughts or emotions that span a wide range of topics. In them, I see the faces of old friends— hints of my scientific nature, a lot of humor, and solid evidence of life’s joy and the variety of its experiences.

More about my work:  www.fullerlodgeartcenter.com

Darla Graff Thompson

Darla Graff Thompson #1

Title:  Spotlight

Size:  15″h x 7″w x 7″d

Light and Shadow:  The point of light illumination is so strong that there appears to be physical impact and response— I’ve had a lot of thoughts on this piece, some playful and just for the fun of making it, but for me it also represents the idea of epiphany, a sudden personal enlightenment and illumination of something about ourselves that was previously hidden and in the shadows.

Price:  $400

Statement:  I began sculpting in the early 1980’s and continued creating with clay as I pursued an education in chemistry, providing my life with much-needed stress relief and balance. My sculptures are condensed thoughts or emotions that span a wide range of topics. In them, I see the faces of old friends— hints of my scientific nature, a lot of humor, and solid evidence of life’s joy and the variety of its experiences.

 

 

Darla Graff Thompson

Karin N Bergh #1

Many Fishes in the Sea

Size:  1.25″ x 10″ d

Light and Shadow:  I am focusing on how light and shadow play on the surface of this decorative (and functional) serving plate. Using techniques like incising, raised slip trailing and brushwork together give the illusion of many fish swimming out of the shadowy sea and into the sun. Hand thrown stoneware, reduction fired to ^10.

Price:  $85

Statement:  I find that there is nothing more satisfying than to make a cup or bowl that fits well in the hand – as well as in the dishwasher, the oven or on the dinner table.

My inspiration comes from the places I have lived: Germany, Sweden and Santa Fe. My grandmother and mother, both from Santa Fe, had exquisite taste in decorating and entertaining; they brought me up in a home filled with color, intriguing textiles and tableware. I like to think that these two women’s eclectic and artistic talents rubbed off on me.

More about my work:  www.knbpottery.com

Karin N Bergh

Nicole Renee Peters #2

Title:  Love’s Penumbra Embracing Cast Shadows 

Size:  4″h x 5″w x 9″d

Light and Shadow:  “The shape of a cast shadow is related to the shapes of both the casting object and the receiving surface…” The giver and receiver, both reflecting and absorbing light, both playing their dynamic parts in shaping where these shadows lie, what is contained within them. and if and where light will emerge or darkness will take hold.
The human heart, made up of the stuff of this Earth, of fire and heat, water and air, and flecked with both light and shadow, in some places it glistens and shines, reflecting. In other areas it absorbs what is placed around it. Its tendrils softly undulating to hug and hold, or to bind and squeeze, depending…This human heart, informed by the inter-dependence of its cast shadows- the object itself and the surface upon which it sits. Does it ever truly exist alone or independent of its surroundings? Surely our seat of emotions bears influence from the other, and yet, the power to overcome past hurts, limitations, transgressions, pulses and reverberates from our depths- the penumbra of self-awareness, of empowerment- the ability to overcome, to transcend, to reside in pure and unconditional love. This heart of loving-and compassion, our authentic state of being, encased by the penumbra: an extended light source, unconditionally enveloping the outer edge of the cast shadow, is the embodiment of love unconditional, surrounding and holding space for any incursions or deficiencies, without judgement. Here, in the heart of flesh or clay, love prevails through light and through shadow. 

Price:  $300

Statement:  I create from my heart, emotions channeled through my hands, my fingertips, kneading and stroking the clay. I care about creating pieces that are emotionally moving, sensual, and often dynamic. Textural. Most of the forms that emerge are shaped this way by my hands as the primary sculpting tools. I would like for viewers to really get into themselves and FEEL when they come into contact with my work.
Many of my sculptures are conceived and executed through exploration of pushing materials in unconventional ways. I enjoy the process as much as the end result and I really love clay for it’s freeing properties. My work is fluid, organic, loose. Like an impassioned, emotionally charged mad scientist, I allow inspiration to guide me in testing the limits of my creative hypotheses.
Connected to these Earth bodies and the whole of the natural world and cosmos…My work is Elemental, if anything…I am enamored with exploring the multitude of ways that a few common shapes in all of nature repeat over and over again, combined in countless expressions. From the microscopic world to the macroscopic, we are all inter-connected. I am deeply moved by this beauty and intelligence. And very inspired by forms found in nature, particularly in the ocean, fluidity, and by human anatomy and physiology.
Highly expressive, emotional and sensual.  A recurrent theme in my work is:
Finding incredible strength and freedom by allowing oneself to reside in
vulnerability.

Judy Nelson-Moore #2

Title:  Light and Shadow

Size: 14″h x 18″w x 14″d 

Light and Shadow:  This is an edge piece…feeling the edges of both light and shadow…where the edges of myself meet the world.

Price:  $700

Statement:  I am working with the concept and visual aspects of edges:  Edges of mountains where they meet the sky.  Edges of my body as it moves against the air.  Edges of my abilities.  Edges of what I want versus what other people impose on us.  Edges of our memories and hopes.  Edges where light and shadow meet, but the edge itself is nothing, neither light nor shadow. 

More about my work:  www.judynelsonmoore.com

Judy Nelson-Moore

Judy Nelson-Moore #1

Title: Too Much Carbohydrate Will Kill You  

Size:  18″h x 14.5″w x 16″d

Light and Shadow:  In concept, the light is sugar or empty carbohydrates, deserts, fun, party, comfort food. The dark is what happens to a diabetic who has too much light: breakdown of tissues, illness, death. The texture of this piece comes from literally too much carbohydrate (rice and pasta) in the clay, causing it to collapse. 

Price:  $800

Statement:   I am dealing with the concept and visual elements of edges:  Edges of mountains where they meet the sky.  Edges of my body as it moves against the air.  Edges of my abilities.  Edges of what I want versus what other people impose on us.  Edges of memories and hopes.  Edges where light and shadow meet, but the edge itself is nothing, neither light nor shadow.  

This piece contains clay that was fired with an excess of pasta and rice, intended as texture for a closed form, but the carbohydrates burned out and made the clay so weak it collapsed.  Since I am a diabetic, this seemed to be a message about pushing the edges of this disease!  I added skulls made in a sugar-skull mold, unfired clay additions, and a saggar fired “altar” base.  A bowl of clay shards simulates a serving bowl of carbohydrate. 

More about my work:  www.judynelsonmoore.com

Judy Nelson-Moore, Too Much Carbohydrates will Kill You

Tamara Cameron

Title:  Spliced

Size:  9″h x 10″w x 4″d

Light and Shadow:  A representation of the psychological aspect of light and shadow. Taking the dark layers of our psyche, bringing them to the light and pulling together our best self. 

Price:  $400

Statement:  Tamara Cameron’s ceramic sculpture begins with the female torso.  Each piece is hand coiled and built individually.  Three individual torsos are created and cut into sections.  The sections are mixed up and reassembled to create three separate sculptures.  Each finished sculpture contains parts from each of the others representing how over time we exchange pieces of ourselves within relationships and in return become a part of each other.

More about my work:  tamaracameron.com

Tamara Cameron, Spliced