Archive for figurative

Drita Choy

Title:  Saint Francis

Size:  50″h x 30″w x 20″d

Price:  $500

More about my work:  www.facebook.com/dritaspottery/

Drita Choy

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

Sheena Cameron #2

Title:  Raven Horse with White Shadow

Size:  10″h x 16″w x 4″d

Light and Shadow:  Jet black ravens are like living shadows with mystery and magic and potential. Although there are many white birds, the rare white raven is considered especially auspicious and more like part of the black raven than its own entity.

Price:  $400

Statement:  Sheena Cameron’s lifelong artistic passion has been with clay. Although exploring many other art forms, she now lives and works in her ceramic studio in the village of Rinconada (near Dixon). She fires many of her pieces in her outdoor raku kiln. She has become known for her one-of-a-kind horse sculptures that have gemstone manes and tails and open to reveal inner treasures relating to the theme of the individual piece. Firing them using the raku process or other unusual surface techniques insures that each will be unique. Each comes with a miniature “book” telling the theme of the horse piece, the kinds and meanings of the stones used and the personal message of the particular horse. She often does these horses in series. Most notable are the Goddess series, the raven series, the homage to famous artist series, the seahorse series, and the vision quest series.

All Cameron’s work is hand built. The latest series are mandala inspired raku raven bowls taking full advantage of the deep blacks that can be achieved with the smoking step of the raku process. She also does larger sculpture using human, animal and symbolic motifs.

Sheena Cameron

Jacquita Beddo #2

Title:  Spirit

Size:  36″h x 12″w x 7″d

Light and Shadow:  This piece is my kachina, which is a Hopi word for “spirit.” If you grew up in New Mexico, like I did, you know that a kachina can represent anything in the cosmos – even a concept. My kachina is about growing up in New Mexico and being steeped in its culture. It’s full of symbols and even hints at the animals that were part of my world. The theme of this show is light and shadow. To me, the “light” is all the things that people think of as magical about New Mexico, and the “shadow” is how many new comers to New Mexico reject so much of the culture that made it this wonderful place they are so drawn to.

Price:  $1850

Statement:  I am involved with several different medias, but I love clay. The transformative power of the firing process is the kicker for me.  I’m still amazed that the dried mud that went into the kiln comes out the other side as something solid and substantial. Kilns, both old school and new technology, intrigue me. My family likes to tease that I have a kiln habit.

Figurative sculpture makes up the majority of my work, but organic shapes also really appeal to me. Another thing that gets me going is making things that people use, so I also do some functional ware. My hope in that endeavor is to make pieces that will be treasured. I especially like to make square plates, bowls, and platters.

Jacquita Beddo

Jacquita Beddo #1

Title:  Corazanna

Size:  25″h x 12″w x 7″d

Light and Shadow:  The name Corazanna means “heart.” This piece is about my struggle with light and the shadow in my own heart. It speaks about the clash between what I know to be true in my own heart and what the world around me thinks is true. I wanted to visually talk about what it feels like to be caught in this battle between these two worlds, without light there would be no shadow.

Price:  $1230

StatementI am involved with several different medias, but I love clay. The transformative power of the firing process is the kicker for me.  I’m still amazed that the dried mud that went into the kiln comes out the other side as something solid and substantial. Kilns, both old school and new technology, intrigue me. My family likes to tease that I have a kiln habit.

Figurative sculpture makes up the majority of my work, but organic shapes also really appeal to me. Another thing that gets me going is making things that people use, so I also do some functional ware. My hope in that endeavor is to make pieces that will be treasured. I especially like to make square plates, bowls, and platters.

Jacquita Beddo

Margaret Towne #2

Title:  Sci-fi Warrior

Size:  14″h x 12″w x 10″d

Light and Shadow:  Future warrior after the inevitable chaos.

Price:  $900

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

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

Leonard Baca

Title:  Catch the Light

Size:  7″h x 4″w x 4″d

Light and Shadow:  The slip added to the vase highlights and shadows of the vase.

Price:  $75 SOLD

Statement:  In the summer of 2011, I went to help at the volunteer camp at Ghost Ranch, this was the second time meeting members of NMPCA (New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists), we all had a great time and it was nice to see Pot Hollow blossom. That is where two friends asked me if I would like to help out and be on the board for NMPCA. Five year’s is am still helping out with this organization. We have a new studio at Ghost Ranch after the 2015 flood took out Pot Hollow.

I am currently the treasurer for the NMPCA, I have also had positions a eNews Editor and President. Being part of NMPCA is a great way to meet potters and ceramists who enjoyed the feel of clay as much as I do. I have been working with clay for six years. I have been amazed at the diversity of ceramics and pottery in New Mexico and the talent we have as artist. I look forward to meeting more people and developing my craft. I work with my brothers Danny and Henry and my sister Sylvia in our printing business. It is a family business on it 48 year. I enjoy working with clay and I like to take my experience of woodworking, photography, graphic design & gardening to intertwine ideas into my work.

More about my work:  www.ljbgraphic.com

Leonard Baca

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

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More about my work:  www.eldoradoarts.org

Joretha Hall

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

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