Archive for Vessels

Kathyrne Cyman

Title:  Set: White Mesa

Size:  2″h x 6″w x 1″d

Light and Shadow:  The reformed edge casts a shadow on the flatness of the plate.

Price:  $150

Statement:  I’m attracted to the connection of the past when creating in the present, within this creative process. I hope my works are held and that feeling is conveyed through use.

 

More about my work:  Facebook: Kathryne Cyman

Kathy Cyman

Seri Kotowski #1

Title:  Plant Explorations I

Size:  44″h x 11″d

Price:  $1200

Statement:

Born: In a vacuum.
Named: Sheri Inez Kotowski
Re-Named: Serit
Currently: Breathing

Intention: Live life to the fullest and ultimately leave only beauty in my wake.

Past lives: Cat, 9Xs. Student, teacher, caretaker, gardener, dabbler, dancer, lover, nurse, mother, maker, sailor, voyeur, child, adult, rebel, fool, creator, destroyer, loner, hermit, daredevil, heartbreaker, earth shaker, firebrand, warrior, idiot, chicken shit… to name a few in no particular order.

The Thread: Artist and Participant.

More about my work:  seritdelbosque.com/

Seri Kotowski

Shelby Montoya

Title:  Midnight Toast – True Porcelain Sake Set

Size:  7″h x 7″w x 7″d

Light and Shadow:  True porcelain is opaque; shadows can be seen through the surface of clay.

Price:  $120

Statement:  Porcelain is my medium of choice; the clay body is like no other. True porcelain is soft and challenging to throw with, yet stronger than other clay bodies. I enjoy the process of throwing, shaping, and trimming the clay into a functional art form that is unique in the southwest. I take inspiration from pieces being created across the world in Japan. Once porcelain is fired it is opaque; shadows can be seen through the surface of clay. With a dark glaze I depart from traditional porcelain decoration and take away the transparency of the clay, creating work only visible in the light.

Shelby Montoya

Sara D’Allesandro #2

Title:  Red and Green Olla

Size:  14″h x 15″w x 15″d

Light and Shadow:  I believe clay wants to be a vessel. The olla with it’s deep interior reservoir, poignant orifice embodies man mysteries of existence. I like it to be supported by three rocks when it is not nestled among plantings providing slow release moisture.

Price:  $200

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'Allesandro

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

PattyMara Gourley

Title:  White Buffalo Calf Cremation Urn

Size:  9″h x 7″d

Light and Shadow:

Cremation urns are needed when our grief takes us to the shadowland of loss and a loneliness. A beautiful urn gives us a vessel to hold the ashes of our loved one. It brings comfort to a dark time. A white mica urn shines with a thousand mica stars, bringing light to the dark pathways of grief.

Light: White mica clay burnished to shine. White Buffalo Calf, miracle baby of prophesy, born in the dark days to bring hope.
Shadow: Black fire clouds, smoke markings from the final wood firing; a black feathered wing wrapping around the white vessel.

Price:  $275

Statement:  I have been a potter for almost fifty years. I throw micaceous clay on my potter’s wheel in Pilar, New Mexico. I make custom cremation urns for my customers, who come to my shop online after a death has entered their lives. Occasionally someone orders an urn for the future, but mostly my customers are deeply immersed in Grief. I interact with them with tenderness, and help them navigate the decisions for size and design with care. This feels like a vocation to me. I also make mica cookpots, blessing bowls and shrines, but urns are my favorite. I also love to fish the rivers of New Mexico.

More about my work:  www.pattymara.etsy.com

Patty Mara Gourley

Mary Gonzales

Title:  Crying Pansies

Size:  7″h x 5″w x 5″d

Light and Shadow:  Light and shadow are integral to the Crying Pansies jar, both physically and conceptually. The shadows of deep carving and undercutting of the petals creates depth and movement. Each pansy’s center is pierced to allow glaze to pour down each flower, creating wet, bright drips of blue and yellow, atop the deep earth red and dark night blue that covers the jar’s carved surface. The clear glaze creates windows for light to pass through, into the shaded interior. In the way that light and shadow can contrast as well as parallel one another, this jar is a culmination of my past, growing on a flower farm, and my future with Art.

Price:  NFS

Statement:  My art has a tendency to come from my fears of failure, romanticism of my past, and fantasies and frustrations about the future. My studio practice is an ever-evolving and sometimes maddening experience. My deepest love is in clay. Everything about the material, from the gooey pudding-like slip that covers my hands as I throw, to the (occasionally malicious) magic that takes place within the kiln. The material’s willingness to take on any form, texture, color, and purpose allows for continuous exploration in the studio; and the ability to hone skills and ideas through variation of repetition, whether subtle or drastic.

More about my work:  maryalicegonzales.com

Mary Gonzales

Jessica Penrod #1

Title:  Aspens

Size:  15″h x 7″w x 7″d

Light and Shadow:  The smoky effect of the Shino glaze gives it a shadowed atmosphere and the values in the trees show which direction a light source may be coming from. Aspen trees play with the idea of light and shadow and the colors of their trunks are black and white.

Price:   $315

Statement:  Originally a two-dimensional artist practicing painting and drawing, I found clay while I was attending college and soon changed my emphasis. I was taught how to throw with stoneware and after two years, I learned how to throw True Porcelain with a technique developed in Arita Japan. I am inspired by objects that we use everyday and find beauty in handmade, functional art. The surfaces of my work are decorated with images inspired by nature in the area that I grew up: a small town in Arizona called Pinetop. I love being able to use the clay as a surface for my paintings on pieces that I have made as well as collaborations with other artists.

Jessica Penrod

Jessica Penrod #2

Title:  Santa Fe Smoke Cups

Size:  3″h x 3″w x 3″d

Light and Shadow:  The surface of porcelain is normally white and pure. In the soda firing the clay traps carbon and creates a smoky greyish or even black look. With no glaze on the surface to determine color and having been placed in different places around the kiln, there is variation in how much carbon is seen on the surface.

Adding shadow and texture to something that is normally viewed as light and delicate can make it more inviting with less fear of damaging the piece.

Price:  NFS

Statement:  Originally a two-dimensional artist practicing painting and drawing, I found clay while I was attending college and soon changed my emphasis. I was taught how to throw with stoneware and after two years, I learned how to throw True Porcelain with a technique developed in Arita Japan. I am inspired by objects that we use everyday and find beauty in handmade, functional art. The surfaces of my work are decorated with images inspired by nature in the area that I grew up: a small town in Arizona called Pinetop. I love being able to use the clay as a surface for my paintings on pieces that I have made as well as collaborations with other artists.

Jessica Penrod, 2017 Arita porcelain award for Beauty, Quality and Functionality

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