Mary O’Malley

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My article sprouted up rather like the mollusks on her beautiful ceramic bowls.First, it was simple dazzlement over the crazy beauty of the dishes that she calls the “Bottom Feeders” Collection. Even before I stopped to consider their name, I was already wondering in the best sense of the word. Following my path of surprise and curiosity ultimately led to more delight as I discovered that this artist was not at all as I expected her to be, but a juxtaposition in herself.  READ MORE

January 28th, 2014

Wilma Wyss

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I must admit that I am ever fascinated with trompe l’oeil and the tension created by spinning materials into visual trickery. I was immediately captured by the “pillows” and flowing mosaic sculpture of artist, Wilma Wyss, not only for the twist in the materials but also the addition of personal touches and “collections” within each piece.  READ MORE

January 24th, 2014

Tom Laudenslager

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Talking with Tom Laudenslager is like spending the afternoon in a dappled-light forest. It is a quiet, yet exhilarating place, and you can feel a sacred reverence for life, for nature, for the earth, and especially for trees. READ MORE

November 19th, 2013

NeSpoon

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Polish artist, Nespoon  delightfully riveted my attention with intricate, beautiful lacy patterns tucked away in urban environments. Some I viewed were spray paint, some were textiles and many were ceramic. Their complexity showed care and skill; the lace seemed to me to show a certain respect for beauty and craft while their placement showed equal parts gutsy response and joyful decoration.  READ MORE

November 18th, 2013

Virginia Gardner

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Virginia Gardner’s life is in pieces, and she couldn’t be happier about it.  Surrounded by chips and chunks of colorful stained glass, gemstones, rocks, shells, corals, and dishware, Gardner’s process is one of creating and of healing. READ MORE

June 26th, 2013

Tim See Clay

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Though you’d never guess it from the breadth and depth of his work, Tim See didn’t find steampunk; it found him.  See recalls an interaction at a craft show several years ago: “Someone said, ‘you know, that kind of looks like steampunk.’ And I said, ‘What’s steampunk?’”

A ceramic artist for now over 11 years, See practices many different approaches, including raku, wood firing, porcelain and redware, appreciating unique aspects of each style. Most of his time in his studio is spent learning new methods and tweaking old ones. READ MORE

June 25th, 2013