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I have been exploring and creating art in various media for the past thirty five years. In 1996, I began to study pottery under Hiroshi Sueyoshi, a North Carolina Living Treasure, and Dina Wilde-Ramsing in Wilmington, NC. Within a short time, it was clear that I had found my home in the mediums of porcelain and clay, and I continued studying under them for four years. Although I am best known for porcelain art vessels, I continue to work in white and brown clay as well, creating both art and functional pieces.

My work has won prizes in regional and national juried art shows and I have received art grants from the Arts Council of the Lower Cape Fear and the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. One piece is in the permanent collection at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and I have work in corporate collections, including the Umstead Hotel and Spa in…

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  • Born on January 20
  • Joined November 27, 2010

Favorite materials

Porcelain, various other stoneware clay bodies, natural materials

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About

I have been exploring and creating art in various media for the past thirty five years. In 1996, I began to study pottery under Hiroshi Sueyoshi, a North Carolina Living Treasure, and Dina Wilde-Ramsing in Wilmington, NC. Within a short time, it was clear that I had found my home in the mediums of porcelain and clay, and I continued studying under them for four years. Although I am best known for porcelain art vessels, I continue to work in white and brown clay as well, creating both art and functional pieces.

My work has won prizes in regional and national juried art shows and I have received art grants from the Arts Council of the Lower Cape Fear and the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. One piece is in the permanent collection at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and I have work in corporate collections, including the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC alongside the work of Ben Owen and Mark Hewitt, as well as private collections in the United States and Europe.

I began teaching pottery at Fat Cat Pottery, and was subsequently asked to teach at the Pancoe Education Center of the Louise Cameron Wells Art Museum. I now teach on an individual basis from my studio in Wilmington, NC.

In addition to here on Etsy, my works are available in Wilmington, NC at Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum Store, the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC, the Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC, and from my studio by appointment.

You can see a current portfolio of my gallery work on www.clwpottery.com.



Artist's Statement:

I gather both inspiration and natural materials from the Atlantic and Pacific coastal regions, as well as the areas around Taos and Santa Fe New Mexico. I would characterize my pottery as being organically inspired and calming to the senses. They reflect my feelings about the experience of personal growth; physical, mental and spiritual. I use asymmetric balance as an expression of the challenges of our lives, a reminder that we can keep our center and grow more uniquely beautiful as our own life story unfolds.

My technique typically involves either throwing and altering, or pinch work. In the process of experimenting with different clay bodies, I discovered an affinity for porcelain. I have a strong attachment to nature, so although I occasionally work with oxides, glazes and underglazes, it is my often my choice to finish a low fired piece by burnishing with terra sigillata, and high fired pieces with minimal glazing . Depending on the particular series being created, the work may be smoked after the burnishing or it may be left white.

I have achieved my goal when my vessels take on a personality of their own. I allow the forms to develop a story or personality, an almost human evolvement. Things happen in life. We are shaped by so many factors. As a result, we come into our own as unique individuals and my vessels reflect this process.



Résumé

Exhibitions and Awards

1997 National Fourth of July Juried Show, Associated Artists of South Port, Franklin Square Gallery, Honorable Mention for Sculptural Form

1998 Orange Street Juried Art Festival

National Fourth of July Juried Show, Associated Artists of South Port, Franklin Square Gallery

Piney Woods Juried Art Show, CP&L Purchase Award presented by Arts Council of the Lower Cape Fear

1999 Orange Street Juried Art Festival, Second Place Show Award

Awarded Art Grant by Arts Council of the Lower Cape Fear

2001 South Cobb Arts Alliance 14th National Juried Art Exhibition

2002 “Hand Crafted”, Juried Art Exhibition, Rocky Mount Arts Center

2003 31st Annual Competition for North Carolina Artists, Fayetteville Museum of ArtAirlie Arts Festival, Juried Arts Show, Airlie Gardens, Wilmington, NC

National Fourth of July Juried Show, Associated Artists of Southport, Franklin Square Gallery, Honorable Mention for Sculptural Form

“Hand Crafted”, Juried Art Exhibition, Rocky Mount Arts Center

2004 Airlie Arts Festival, Juried Arts Show, Airlie Gardens, Wilmington, NC

Awarded Art Grant by Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County

Exhibition at New Elements Art Gallery, Wilmington, NC

“Art in the Garden” Juried Art and Fine Craft Exhibition, The Arboretum at the New Hanover County Cooperative Extension

Exhibition at Fayetteville Museum of Art, Fayetteville, NC

2005 Airlie Arts Festival, Juried Arts Show, Airlie Gardens, Wilmington, NC, Jury Award for Clay

Work purchased for inclusion in the permanent art collection of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Took part in “Southern Traditions” Exhibition at New Elements Art Gallery, Wilmington, NC

Piece accepted for silent auction at annual “Black and White” Charity Ball and Auction, Wilmington, NC

“Natural Growth” Featured Artist Exhibition at Sunset River Marketplace, Calabash, NC

Featured in Article, Carolina Arts Magazine, November Issue

2006 "Through Women’s Eyes, By Women’s Hands” 22nd Annual Art Exhibition, The Women’s Center, Chapel Hill, NC

“Art in the Garden” Juried Art and Fine Craft Exhibition, The Arboretum at the New Hanover County Cooperative Extension

2007 Featured in Article "Pottery Born", Wilmington Magazine, November/December Issue

2008 “The Art Of the New North State” Invitational Exhibition, Warwick Center, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, January 15 – February 8, 2008

2009 Featured Artist in Exhibition at Montage Art Gallery, Leland, NC
Judging

2009 Associated Artists of Southport Spring 2009 Art Show, three-dimensional work, Franklin Square Gallery, Southport, NC
Teaching

Pancoe Art Education Center, Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC

Individual Studio Instruction, Artist’s Studio, Wilmington, NC
Galleries

Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum Shop, Wilmington, NC

Fayetteville Art Museum, Fayetteville, NC

Montage Art Gallery, Leland & Wilmington, NC

Umstead Hotel & Spa Gift Shop, Cary, NC

Sunset River Marketplace, Calabash, NC

Simply Posh Gallery, Las Cruces, NM
Training
Pre-1996 Thirty years experience in various media including jewelry, hand-made paper, watercolor and pastel

1996-2000 Studied ceramics under Hiroshi Sueyoshi and Dina Wilde-Ramsing at Orange Street Pottery Studio

1998-1999 Workshops with Susan Filley, Ben Owen III, Don Johns, and Mary L. Holden

1999-2010 Continued discovery and development of techniques relating to form, method, finish and meaningful expression.

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