Working in clay allows my spirit to be free; to work without plan; following instinct, guided by the natural line; finding its own way. I strive for movement and flow in my work.
I draw great inspiration from the patterns and structures seen in nature. I continually strive to stretch the material limits of clay and glazes. I enjoy working and exploring the division of surface into an array of color, form and texture.
My work reflects my love of nature; my love of cooking and my belief that pottery vessels are an important ceremonial link with our ancient heritage. As a potter, designing and creating vessels from raw clay, glazing them from formulas of raw materials from the earth then firing them to temperatures of 2400 degrees is carrying on a tradition of dedication and craftsmanship that began thousands of years ago.
My goal is to make functional pottery that is beautiful to the eye, awakens the imagination and is delightful to use.
Heidi lives her life much like a palette of color. From dancing, singing and writing to painting, sculpting and teaching art, Heidi does it all! This multi talented artist displays her warm sense of humor in her “Cuteware”. Each piece is individually high fired and then low fire glazes are applied. Whimsical and detailed are the descriptive words that are placed on Heidi’s work.
web site: http://www.cuteware.net/
Creating art is a necessity for my well-being. It is both meditative and energizing. Over the years I have experimented in many media including: photography, print-making, painting, drawing, and more recently ceramic sculpture. All forms offer freedom to express, but I admit that sculpting in three dimensions is the most liberating for me.
The spontaneity and plasticity of the clay medium makes handbuilding sculpture a process of discovery -- full of surprises. My approach is a collaboration where the clay and I work together to discover hidden shapes and reveal emotions and personalities through animal forms. In this work, my intention is to present the best of humanity through our animal friends and to help us laugh and love our differences and ourselves.”
web site: http://paulabellacera.com/
Creating colorful imagery on fired clay is the driving force of Sharon Bloom’s whimsical ceramics. Images and symbols interpreted from nature and the world around her, Bloom attempts to narrate through these avenues. With a background in painting and graphic design she combines these skills into her ceramic work
She creates and distributes her handmade Blooming Creations, which includes plates, clocks, photo frames and jewelry from her studio in Northern California since 1986. Great care and effort are put into each piece that ships from her studio to maintain the highest quality and integrity of design, yet maintain a handmade look. Rich, opaque colors are a specialty and trademark of her work along with bold graphic patterns and motifs.
Each piece is kiln fired multiple times with an emphasis on hand painted details and then assembled one at a time by hand for a finished product.
p.o. box 1127
winters, ca 95694
web site www.sharonbloom.com
Mary Classen is a native of Sacramento. She has been a full time potter for 38 years. Classen has a home studio and showroom in Carmichael. She has been a member of the artery since 1975 and is a founding member of the Sacramento Potters Group (1976).
Collectors of her functional ware are attracted by her designs that incorporate floral and fruit motifs that reflect her own love of gardening and flower arranging. Mary`s work is cone 5 electric fired although she does a limited amount of cone 10 gas for her own enjoyment.
Cathie is a Lifetime Member of the Artery. She is one of the original founding members of The Artery.
Susanne Kübler French is a ceramic artist who lives and works in Merced, California. She holds a degree in Industrial Design from “Hochschule fuer Gestaltung” in Offenbach, Germany and a M.A. in Studio Art from Cal. State University Fresno.
Susanne’s work includes highly textures vessels and abstract figurative sculpture. She currently teaches Ceramic Art and coordinates the exhibition program for Merced College. Her work has been shown in many national and international exhibits. She has traveled extensively throughout the US and Europe, Latin America, and most recently Japan.
Eileen Hendren, aka Aunt Lilly has been making cats, people and hand built high fire objects since a piece of clay was placed in her hand 20 years ago. Each piece is either hand formed or hand cut and no two pieces are alike. Bright under glazes with a clear over glaze finish off each piece. Originally from the bay area, Eileen shares her house with 5 cats.
My pottery is hand-thrown on a pottery wheel and is food safe. It is also safe for microwave and dishwasher use. The pieces can be combined in a variety of ways, as the wavy incised design ties them all together, whether they are mixed and matched or remain in a single color theme.
web site: www.clayground.biz/rebecca
Each piece of Melinda Kipp’s pottery is hand thrown and decorated in her Sacramento studio. Melinda’s pottery is representational of majolica- an Italian and Mediterranean tradition that is created when earthenware is covered with white opaque glaze and then decorated with oxides and stains. All of Melinda’s pieces are lead free and oven and dishwasher safe.
Pat describes her relationship with clay as an obsession. Earning her BA in Ceramic Art from San Francisco State University solidified her passion for all things clay. Bright colors and designs dance their way through each piece she creates. From popular plates and cups to picture frames and one of a kind artistic items.
Pat’s imagination will quickly capture and entice yours.
I have been lucky enough to dedicate a few years to making art full-time and to develop as a full-fledged artist. Thanks to this, my work, especially in ceramic sculpture and printmaking, has made real strides. I have had shows in museums as well as in important art galleries, which for me marks the making of an artist. I feel that now is a time to go back to the classroom and, with my MFA, continue with my art teaching at a higher level. Whatever I do, however, my experiences of growing up poor in the Caribbean and of immigration to this country as a teenager will always shape my work as an artist and, I think, remind me, from the inside, what the word “diversity” really means.
web site: http://www.emmaluna.net/
Jimee & Jeff Taylor
Jeff and Jimee Taylor have been making pottery together for 38 years. They both have art degrees from the University of California at Irvine and UC Santa Barbara. While Jeff’s interest is in creating pleasing forms, Jimee uses her printmaking background to focus on surface design. This show gives them a chance to revisit their early media choices. The acrylic abstracts include black and white interpretations, as well as colorful expressions. The Taylors use a combination of mediums to portray their stylized angels.
I’ve been surrounded by art my whole life. I learned every thing I know about clay, from my mom, Clarice Baker. I was also exposed to art through her art history books, trips to museums and listening to her teach. I don’t have any formal training but what I have works for me.
I created my first necklace when I was 10. I made it from bottlebrush seeds I gathered from an old tree in the arboretum on campus. I punched holes in the seeds with a nail and hammer and strung them for my mom. She wore it. How very cool. I still love stringing beads and still look for organic materials like stone, wood, shell - things with a soul, history, age, natural beauty.
I sold my first sculpture, two clay dancers, when I was 12, at an art festival in Davis. I had mixed feelings about letting those early pieces go and it’s something I struggle with every time I have a show. It’s wonderful when people like your work, amazing when they want it in their homes and a little sad when the piece is gone.
I love to doodle, daydream and imagine new ways to express emotions, relationships, nature and fun.