Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
This stoneware pitcher was created for a show at Vessel Gallery in Philadelphia. The show, "Double Vision" was with my former studio mate Lorin Klein Costolo from Lillstreet in Chicago. I created this piece at Riverrun Center in Mc Naughton, Wisconsin while I was working as the "Live-In" Apprentice. It is one of my first successful pieces fired at cone 6 in an electric kiln. Although this is how I fire today, at the time it was traumatic to move from high fire reduction to mid-range oxidation.
The pitcher appears in "500 Pitchers" by Lark Books. Photo by Guy Nicol.
This platter was created in 2003 for my first solo show — Setting the Stage, at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago. It is white stoneware, fired in reduction to cone 10 in a gas kiln. It was wheelthrown. The center of the platter contains dozens of individual clay button spriggs that were applied one at a time.
It appeared in the May 2004 issue of Ceramics Monthy when I was selected as one of their Emerging Artists of 2004. It also appears in the new book "500 Plates and Chargers" produced by Lark Books. The platter remains a personal favorite and a part of my private collection. Photo by Guy Nicol.
I "played with clay" on and off in college and beyond, but my true potter’s journey began when I signed up for a wheelthrowing class at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago. I was seeking a creative outlet and distraction from my job in graphic design. Within the first 10 weeks it became obvious that coming to Lillstreet was more than a way to pass the time and meet new people. I was a potter, starting down a path I hadn’t anticipated.
For 8 years, I learned from the instructors, peers, and visiting artists who came through Lillstreet. One of the advantages of being an urban potter was the opportunity to work within a large community. The support, encouragement, and camaraderie I experienced at Lillstreet was pivotal to my development as an artist.
In April of 2003 I moved to Wisconsin’s northwoods to pursue pottery full time. I took a position at Riverrun Center for the Arts in McNaughton, Wisconsin. As Resident Artist at Riverrun, I was able to work daily in the studio, teach classes, and learn how to operate a gallery. I had intended my move “up north” to be temporary, but in the fall of 2004, this self-described “city girl” decided to make the northwoods her permanent home. I got a "day job" and eventually bought my “little blue house in the woods” on Pigeon Road in Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin.
I built my studio (Pigeon Road Pottery) in 2005. It’s a lovely space to work in – filled with mementos from my old studio & friends. I'm not a full-time potter yet, but I realize how lucky I am to be on my way. I live surrounded by incredible natural beauty and I've found a new community of artists as encouraging and supportive as those I left behind.