Allya MacDonald’s gracefully functional works play on the relationship between volume and constriction. Her favorite forms tend to lend themselves easily to playing with the human figure, giving Allya the ability to abstract the form into pleated and draped clothing. She views the combination of architecture and fluidity in clothing as an inspiration to her clay process.
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Allya MacDonald at MudFire
Gallery group show Girl Power, April 2005
Allya MacDonald Artist Bio
Allya Macdonald started her adventures in clay working under Glenn Dair at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta in 2003. She has also studied with Michaelene Walsh and Andy Shaw at Louisiana State University. She currently lives in Athens, GA and has a studio at Good Dirt, where she also teaches classes and helps to keep things running smoothly.
Allya MacDonald Artist Statement
For me, making handmade, functional pots comes from a love of the domestic and the idea of home, the place where we are comfortable, connected and nourished. It is my hope that these pieces can help foster connection and enchantment in the home. I am aiming for comfort and magic.
My favorite forms to make are jars and teapots which lend themselves more easily to playing with the human figure. I like abstracting the curves, volumes, and turns of a figure. 19th century women’s clothing has also been a source of inspiration, especially the way pleats, seams, and folds of Victorian clothing fit the body. There is a combination of architecture and fluidity to clothing that inspires my process in clay.
I also enjoy exploring the relationship between volume and constriction. The process of giving wheel-thrown pots a lot of volume and breath, and then introducing its opposite by making strong straight marks into the wet clay, continues to intrigue me. Sometimes these marks create ridges that suggest a structure similar to the ridges of a shell. In general, I like investigating how notions of order and structure can co-exist with soft, organic curves.