Artist Statement

Maria working Nov 2010 Studio StrollMy work in ceramics is inspired by the human figure. As a result I’m fascinated by the interaction between pieces in sets. Oil and vinegar cruettes, salt and pepper shakers and tea sets interact like people in groups, and we in turn, interact with them.

All my pieces are functional. They are to be held in the hand and transmit a tactile quality I enjoy experimenting with. This tactile quality is emphasised though the use of various decorative techniques. I apply texture with a slip-trailer and also employ wax resist as well as brushwork and sgraffito. The combination of these gives my work depth and also allows me to utilize my background as a printmaker.

I choose to work with a white stoneware and fire to Cone 6 oxidation. This allows me to work in a consistent flow as well as to experiment with new forms and slips. Also, my ceramics are wheel-thrown and sometimes altered, which renders each pot unique and retains the gesture of the potter.

EDUCATION

  • 2001 University of North Carolina at Asheville – Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • 1995 Keene State College, Keene, NH

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2006 From the River to Downtown, FRONT GALLERY, Asheville, NC
  • 2006 UNCA Clay, ARTEMISIA GALLERY, Asheville, NC
  • 2005 Local Clay, FRONT GALLERY, Asheville, NC
  • 2004 Butter Dishes, ODYSSEY GALLEY, Asheville, NC
  • 2003 Salt and Pepper, ODYSSEY GALLERY, Asheville, NC
  • 2000 UNCA Student Exhibition, UNIVERSITY GALLERY, Asheville, NC
  • 1999 UNCA Student Exhibition, UNIVERSITY GALLERY, Asheville,NC
  • 1997 Student Exhibition, THORNE-SAGENDORPH GALLERY, Keene, NH
  • 1996 Student Exhibition, THORNE-SAGENDORPH GALLERY, Keene, NH

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 2006 Secretary: River District Artists, Asheville, NC
  • 2005 Teaching Assistant: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC
  • 2004 Teaching Assistant: Susan Filley, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts, Ashville, NC
  • 2004 Teaching Assistant: Bernadette Curran, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts, Asheville, NC
  • 2003 Teaching Assistant: Donald Penny, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts, Asheville, NC
  • 2002 Studio Assistant: Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts, Asheville, NC

CONTINUING EDUCATION

  • 2010 Julia Galloway, Looking Forward, Looking Backwards, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
  • 2006 Kristin Kieffer, Ornately Functional Workshop, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts
  • 2004 Linda McFarling, Individual Exploration for the Potter, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts
  • 2004 Kent McLauglin, Personalizing Your Pots, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts
  • 2004 Jason Bohnert, The Art of Tea, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts
  • 2003 Linda McFarling and Gay Smith, Salt and Soda, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts
  • 2003 David Crane, Salt and Soda, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts
  • 2003 Gay Smith, Altering Forms, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts
  • 2002 Becca Floyd, The Bowl Class, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts
  • 2002 Mark Burleson, Surface Consideration, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts
  • 2001 Becca Floyd, Porcelain, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts
  • 2001 Becca Floyd, Vessels that Pour, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts

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