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Sara D’Alessandro #1

Title:  Ambition (column)

Size:  81″h x 15″w x 15″d

Light and Shadow:  This figure, Ambition, is from a column series. Outdoor installation allows the sun’s transit to animate the figure as the light and shadow shift giving this hermaphroditic figure a sense of being inhabited. Form, mass and deep, rich textures are more superbly available in clay than in any other medium I know.

Price:  $6800

Statement:  My sculpture derives from forms inherent in clay and from the forms resulting from pushing against and honing the limitations of this medium. Large monomorphic form existing in the same space, on the same ground and in the same scale as the viewer creates a tableau vivants experience with the viewer.

An earthly manifestation of flux, clay is made up of particles ground by the maw of time. It is flowing form with the unique ability to render a sense of motion and organic form. This plasticity is the quality which holds me in thrall. The process of “becoming” holds more juice for me than pursuing idealized form. And so my dance of more than fifty years, a dance with a very willful partner, goes on.

More about my work:  www.mudwaspstudio.com

Sara D'Alessandro, 2017 Award of Merit

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

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