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Angelique Tassistro

Angelique Tassistro

Angelique Tassistro is a rising star in the ceramic world, with numerous recent publication credits and inclusion in the 2011 Ceramics Monthly Top 15 National Emerging Clay Artists. She grew up in an eccentric Southern family where costumes, make believe, and creative play were part of the everyday routine. Her work is playful and vibrant, with architecturally-influenced forms made alive with layers of color and dynamic lines. She uses a unique subtractive process to work backwards in time through the layers of visual information previously added to her pots. Angelique holds BA degrees in both Ceramics and Photography from Louisiana State University.

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Angelique Tassistro Dip Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Angelique Tassistro Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Angelique Tassistro Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Angelique Tassistro Dish at MudFire Gallery
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Angelique Tassistro Plate at MudFire Gallery
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Angelique Tassistro Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Angelique Tassistro Serving Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Angelique Tassistro Brie Plate at MudFire Gallery
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Angelique Tassistro Pitcher at MudFire Gallery
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Angelique Tassistro Tumbler at MudFire Gallery
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Angelique Tassistro Tumbler at MudFire Gallery
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Angelique Tassistro Saki Set at MudFire Gallery
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Angelique Tassistro Butter Dish at MudFire Gallery
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Angelique Tassistro Serving Dish at MudFire Gallery
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Angelique Tassistro Serving Plate at MudFire Gallery
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Angelique Tassistro Plate at MudFire Gallery
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Angelique Tassistro Bowl at MudFire Gallery
Price: $42.00
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Angelique Tassistro Serving Bowl at MudFire Gallery
Price: $165.00
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Angelique Tassistro Serving Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Angelique Tassistro Serving Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Angelique Tassistro Cake Plate at MudFire Gallery
Price: $525.00
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Angelique Tassistro Dip Bowl at MudFire Gallery
Price: $44.00
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Angelique Tassistro Soap Dish at MudFire Gallery
Price: $54.00
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Angelique Tassistro Soup Bowl at MudFire Gallery
Price: $46.00
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Angelique Tassistro Serving Bowl at MudFire Gallery
Price: $66.00
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Angelique Tassistro Serving Bowl at MudFire Gallery
Price: $76.00
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Angelique Tassistro Serving Platter at MudFire Gallery
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Angelique Tassistro Gravy Boat at MudFire Gallery
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Angelique Tassistro Saki Set at MudFire Gallery
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Angelique Tassistro at MudFire

Gallery group show Asheville in Atlanta, September 2012

 

Angelique Tassistro Artist Bio

Angelique Tassistro makes work into play. Her belief in the magic of creativity, along with her childhood mispronunciation, turned imagination into "magic nation." Angelique is a ceramic artist who focuses on functional, whimsical pottery with a sculptural approach, always going to that "magic nation" for inspiration.

Angelique grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and currently lives and works in Asheville, North Carolina. She received two BAs from Louisiana State University in 2000 in Ceramics and Photography. Her work is shown in the permanent collection at New Orleans Museum of Modern Art in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2010 Angelique was selected to be one of The WNC Top 10 Emerging artist. In 2011 Angelique was selected as one of Ceramic Monthly's Top 15 National Emerging Clay Artist. Tassistro is a rising star in the ceramic world, with profiles in publications from the Asheville Citizen-Times to The Laurel of Asheville, WNC Magazine, Home + Garden and has most recently featured in back to back issues of Clay Times for her unique glazing style.

Angelique Tassistro Artist Statement

As a child, my mom used the word "imagination" but what I heard was "magic nation". I desperately wanted to know where this "magic nation" was . . . and when I could visit. She said, "It's the place you go, where all your dreams come true". That's where I live now, in my own "magic nation" where I make art, work in my garden and play with my dogs. . . a world where anything is possible.

I grew up in an eccentric southern family. 0ur family home in Natchez, Mississippi has been on tour since the 1930's. Each tourist season, the locals dress in antebellum costumes to "receive" the tourists. My grandmother, with thirteen grandchildren total, made new costumes every year. I can still see her sewing frantically, ribbons flying, piles of fabric everywhere and at least six small girls twirling around in hoop skirts and ruffled pantalets waiting for their dresses to be complete.

Her attic was, and still is, full of vintage clothes, 1940's hats, costumes, bolts of fabric, old paintings, broken furniture, and piles of books. We dressed up all summer long, for all the years of my child hood. Every time I visit, still today, I find myself in some over- the- top hat, with fabric bunched under my arm, flipping through a book on castles or palm reading. This attic in my grandmother's house was the physical form of the "magic nation" of my childhood.

Creative play was encouraged in our family. We built forts from cardboard boxes, draped gauzy fabric across chairs and sofas. We had "theme" birthdays, with cakes four storeys high in the shape of dragons or fairies. One year, there was a train cake that ran the full length of the dinning room table. Every thing in this world was magical, outrageous and wonderful. From the eyes of a child it was a wonderland.

My work comes from these experiences. Each piece is approached with the attitude of "dress up", with the "need to play". I use clay to create very simple forms that I then embellish with whimsical, raw and colorful patterns and figures. There is a definite child-like quality, but not childish---more like a tea party for adults. Each piece is supposed to be fun and a bit outrageous. I create cake plates that I imagine to be filled with the most extravagant of desserts, casserole dishes to be the "guest-serving piece" at a dinner party and wine cups that beg to be held with two hands. Everything seems to come from a fantasy world, a place where I can break the rules of fashion, mixing pink with red dots and blue and green stripes.

I make art because I have to. It is my way of playing and, like a child, my play is my work. It is how I express myself. It is the language I understand. I love the process, the repetition, and the feeling of magic every time I open the kiln door. I get great pleasure from knowing that others can enjoy my work. They can take it home with them and use it every day. By making pots, I get to share my "magic nation" in a way that words cannot explain.





Angelique Tassistro Artist Resume

Awards:
"Top 15 Emerging Artist": Ceramics Monthly, May 2011
"People's Choice" One The Verge: WNC 10 Best Emerging Artist, WNC Magazine, June 2010
Best Of Show, Lexington BBQ Festival, Lexington NC October 2006
J Edmassand Award for Outstanding Undergraduate, LSU May 2000
Publications:
2012, Ceramics Monthly, May
2012, Clay Times, April
2012, Home & Garden, April
2011, Clay Times, November
2011, Ceramics Monthly, May
2010, The Laurel of Asheville, Featured Artist, November
2010, WNC Magazine, On The Verge, June
2009, Western North Carolina Magazine, Women in Business, May
2008, Carolina Arts Gallery Review, January
2007, Polymer Clay Notes, December
2006, Carolina Arts Gallery Review, November
2006, The Dispatch Art Review, October
2003, Welcome to the Best of New Orleans Art Review, July
Commissioned Public Projects:
2012, The Larchmont, Asheville NC, June
2010, The Glen Rock Depot, Asheville NC, October
Workshops & Lectures:
2012, Midlands Clay Society Weekend Workshop: "The Business of Art, Designing Surface and a Ceramic Product", Columbia SC, June
2010, "The Total Package: Pulling Together Your Artist Packet and Where to Go from There", Asheville Artist Alliance, March
2010, "The Big Picture: Tips & Techniques to take charge of your business", Women's Business Conference, May
Solo Exhibitions:
2011, "Exotic Everyday", Constance Williams Gallery, Asheville NC, August
2007, "A Day Party", The Bluffs, St. Fransiville, LA, November
2006, "Painting Synergy", North End Gallery, Asheville, NC, October
2005, "Magic Nation Express", Pok.A.Dots Inside Gallery, Vidalia, LA, October
2005, "Lost & Found", Lola Salon & Gallery, Asheville, NC, May
2004, "Come See", Garden District Home Show, Baton Rouge, LA, December
2003, "A View Of Italy", Portofino, Atlanta, GA, February
2001, "Italy From the Inside", Highland Coffee & Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA, May
1999, "Three Eyes In Italy", Oculus Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA, November
Juried & Invitational Exhibitions:
2012, "Containment III", Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC, April
2012, "Artesian Plates, Penland Gallery, Penland NC, March
2010, "On The Verge", The Flood Gallery, Asheville NC, June
2007, "LAAFF" Arts2People, Asheville, NC, September
2006, "Vanishing Landscape", Frame Shoppe & Gallery, Asheville, NC, Nov
2006, "BBQ Festival", Lexington NC, October
2006, "Norcross Arts Festival", Norcross, GA, October
2006, "The Last Ditch Art Party", Court Yard Gallery, Asheville, NC, September
2006, "Summer Shade", Grant Park, Atlanta, GA, August
2006, "Fest For All", Baton Rouge Arts Council, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Juried by Fay Gold of Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2001, "Works On Paper", LSU Union Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA, April, Juror: David William Kiehl, Curator, Prints Whitney Museum Of America Art, New York
2001, Juried Student Art Show", LSU Union Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA, March, Jurors: Addie Dawson-Euba Lynda, Eric Neal
2001, "Southern Underexposed", New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA, March, Curator Steve Malarsky
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2012, "Asheville In Morganton", Mesh Gallery, Morganton, NC, March
2012, "Emerging Artist", 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX, March
2011, "Autumn. . . And Then Some", Constance Williams Gallery, Asheville, NC
2010, "Clay", Echo Gallery, Asheville, NC, August
2010, "River District Artist II", The Arts Council Of Hendersonville County, Hendersonville, NC, May
2009, "Give Artfully", Clingman Cafe Gallery, Asheville, NC, December
2007, "Art O Mart", The Wedge Gallery, Asheville, NC, December
2007, "Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival", Micanopy, FL, November
2007, "The Art Show", Historic S & W Building, Asheville, NC, November
2007, "Fresh", Element Clay Gallery, Asheville, NC, April
2006, "Christmas in the Country", Mosaic Garden, St. Fransiville, LA, December
2002, "Fresh", No No Gallery, Atlanta, GA, May
2001, "Atlanta Celebrates Atlanta", City Issue, Atlanta, GA, November
2001, "Ousted", The Grade A Collection, Senior Art Show, Foster Art Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA, May
2001, "Bolt-A Multimedia Exhibit", Oculus Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA, May
2000, "The Bubble Gum Machine", Oculus Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA, December