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Chandra DeBuse

Chandra DeBuse

Despite the adage, "don't play with your food," ceramic vessels have historically served as objects of amusement. English fuddling cups and puzzle jugs make games out of consuming liquids. Greek rhytons performed the dual roles of cup and facemask. Amidst the strict roles of Victorian society, tables were abundant with playful majolica serving pieces, referencing character and landscape. Chandra DeBuse’s ceramic designs continue this tradition of inventive form, inviting the user to consider fresh interpretations of service ware.

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Chandra DeBuse Finger Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Chandra DeBuse Choices Platter at MudFire Gallery
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Chandra DeBuse Stacked Set of Finger Bowls at MudFire Gallery
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Chandra DeBuse Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Chandra DeBuse Fishscales Tumbler at MudFire Gallery
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Chandra DeBuse Flying #3 Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Chandra DeBuse Bat Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Chandra DeBuse Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Chandra DeBuse Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Chandra-DeBuse at MudFire

Gallery group show Damn Right I Got the Blues, June 2011

 

Chandra-DeBuse Artist Bio

Chandra DeBuse is a full-time studio potter and educator in Kansas City, MO. Originally from a small town in Nebraska, Chandra DeBuse earned a degree in psychology before discovering her love for making pottery during a community class. After completing her MFA from the University of Florida in 2010, Chandra completed artist residencies at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, FL and at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. During this time, Chandra was named an Emerging Artist through the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA, 2012) and also was named an emerging artist in the May 2012 issue of Ceramics Monthly magazine.

Since 2012, Chandra has been working in her Kansas City studio, preparing for national shows, workshops, and sales. Recently, Chandra presented workshops at Northern Clay Center (Minneapolis, MN), Baltimore Clayworks (Baltimore, MD), Carbondale Clay Center (CO), and Red Star Studios (KC, MO). She exhibited her work at SOFA Chicago 2012 where she presented a lecture on the challenges and opportunities of emerging studio potters. In June 2013, Chandra completed a 1-month residency at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, MT. She is currently an artist in residence at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Chandra's pottery incorporates bouncing lines, low-relief, candy colors and hand-drawn imagery.

 

Chandra-DeBuse Artist Statement

My functional pottery incorporates narrative imagery, pattern and form to amuse and delight the user, imparting a sense of play. My work, in practice and product, reflects my approach to make-believe, which I identify through worlds of imagination with determined characters and landscapes of leisure. I incorporate bouncing lines, candy colors, low relief and hand-drawn elements into my ceramic service ware, encouraging a sense of discovery and exploration. Illustrations of anthropomorphized animals and stylized humans employ exaggeration, humor, and metaphor to facilitate the viewer's ability to capture the narrative and apply it to his or her own life.

Patterns found within nature, such as tree bark, water waves, or flower petals are abstracted and simplified, ricocheting across forms. My salt and pepper landscapes, treat servers, jars, plates, cups, and bowls become playscapes where pattern and character frolic, inviting human fingers to also roam the topography, seeking out their own morsels of delight.

Only through using the piece: holding and exploring it, can the whole image or pattern be seen. When someone laughs at a character I've drawn, spills their drink because they were investigating the bottom of a cup, or finds joy in discovering a plump spoon nestled inside a pocket, I know the pots are successful. Through the language of pottery, I aim to tickle the imagination and spark light-hearted behavior, resulting in an enriched life.

Chandra-DeBuse Artist Resume

Education:
2010, Master of Fine Arts, Ceramics, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2007-08, Post-baccalaureate Student, Ceramics, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
1996, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE
Residencies:
2013Visiting Artist-in-Residence, Gulf Coast State College, Panama City, FL
2013Artist-Invite-Artist Residency, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
2011- 2012Artist-in-Residence, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
2010-2011Artist-in-Residence, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL
2012 -2013Artaxis.org juried online community
2007 -2013National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, member
Professional Experience:
2013, Adjunct Faculty, Drawing I, Ceramics I, Understanding the Visual Arts, Gulf Coast State College, Panama City, FL
Instructional Assistant, Wheel Throwing, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
Workshop and Lecture, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO
2-Day Hands On Workshop and Lecture, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Visiting Artist Demonstration, Lecture, and Critiques, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE
Visiting Artist Demonstration and Lecture, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Artist-Invite-Artist Slide Presentations, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
2012, Mini Workshop, Kansas City Clay Guild, Kansas City, MO
1-Day Demonstration Workshop, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO
Lecture, "Work, Play, Hills and Thrills: New Challenges in Studio Pottery"SOFA Chicago, 2012, Navy Pier's Festival Hall, Chicago, IL
Demonstrating Artist, American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Emerging Artist Presentation, National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA
Visiting Artist Lecture, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC
Visiting Artist Lecture, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Visiting Artist Lecture, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
Visiting Artist Lecture, University of North Carolina – Asheville, Asheville, NC
Gallery Manager Assistant, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
2011, Workshop Presenter, Ceramic League of the Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach, FL
Studio Assistant to Steven Hill, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL
2010, Artist Lecture, Palm Beach Community College, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
2010, Volunteer, NEXPO Gallery Attendant
Philadelphia Marriott Expo Hall, Philadelphia, PA
2009, Exhibition Coordinator, Currents: Contemporary Florida Ceramics, Focus Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2009, Clay Vice President, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2009, Student Volunteer, Photographer's Assistant, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Phoenix, AZ
2008, Technical Assistant to Anne Hirondelle, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME
2007-08, Graduate Assistant, Glaze Lab Technician, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2007, Studio Assistant to Gail Kendall, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
2007, Publicity Co-Chair, UN-L Clay Club, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Teaching Experience:
2011, Instructor, Adult Intermediate/ Advanced Wheel Throwing, Adult Beginning/Intermediate Handbuilding, Handbuilding - Grades K - 2, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL
2010, Instructor, Adult Intermediate/ Advanced Wheel Throwing, Bak Prep Sculpture - Grades 3-5, Handbuilding - Grades K - 2, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL
2010, Graduate Assistant, Instructor of Record, ART 2757 3D Concepts, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2009 Graduate Assistant, Instructor of Record, ART 2757 3D Concepts, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2009, Graduate Assistant, Instructor of Record, ART 2752 Throwing: Skills and Concepts, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2008, Graduate Teaching Assistant, W.A.R.P. Art Foundations Course, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2008, Graduate Teaching Assistant, ART 4760 Advanced Ceramics, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2008, Substitute Teacher, Six-Week Replacement, ART 3783 Vessel Aesthetics, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Exhibitions:
2013
Cup: The Intimate Object VIII, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL
Disaster, Relief, and Resilience: Cup Show, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
Duets, Invitational, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
Small Favors VIII, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Romance and Rollerskates, online solo mini-show, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
2012
Good Enough to Eat: the Fusion of Food and Craft, Part One, “Food as Impetus for Craft”, Craft in America Study Center, Los Angeles, CA
Chandra DeBuse, New Work, Solo Show, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO
SOFA Chicago, Exhibiting artist through Sherrie Gallerie (Columbus OH), Chicago, IL
Source *Material: An Exhibition on Water and the Ceramic Cup, Invitational
Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
Cup: The Intimate Object VII, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL
2012 American Pottery Festival, Invitational, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
From One Surface to Another, Invitational, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX
Arrowmont Instructor Exhibition, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
Containment III, The Nesting Instinct, Invitational, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
At 20: A Creative Continuum, Invitational group exhibition, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
The Sweet Life Invitational, four person group show, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO
Small Favors VII, Invitational, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Mint Julep Cup Invitational, Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, Mt. St. Francis, IN
8 Fluid Ounces, group show, Invited Artist, Juror Kristen Kieffer, Glassell Gallery, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Irony – Play – Persona – Stage: New Work from Arrowmont Artists-In-Residence, Invitational group show, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
2011
C.U.P.S.: Ceramics, Utilitarian, and of a Personal Scale, Invitational, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Asheville, NC
Cup: the Intimate Object VII Invitational, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL
Playscapes Online Solo Exhibition of New Work, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL
Barrett Clay Works 3rd National Cup Show, Juror: Adam Welch, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
Beyond the Brickyard, Juror: Paul Mathieu, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena MT
Currents: Past and Present, Thomas Center Gallery, Gainesville, FL
Red Lodge National: Craftsmanship, Concept, Innovation, Juror: Brad Schwieger
Small Favors VI, Invitational, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Pairings, Invitational, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale. CO
Artist in Residence Exhibition, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL
2010
Armory Faculty Exhibition, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL
Steins, Pints, and Plates, Invitational, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO
Table Manners, Invitational, Lark and Key Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Seventh Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition, Jurors: Marge Brown Kalodner, Jeff Guido, Michael Moore, The Clay Studio, Phildaelphia, PA
a la cARTe, Invitational in conjunction with NCECA, Craperie Beau Monde, Philadelphia, PA
NEXPO, Invitational in conjunction with NCECA, Philadelphia Marriott Expo Hall, Philadelphia, PA
2010
NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition, Jurors: Erin Furimsky and Matt Long, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Catch, MFA Project-in-Lieu-of-Thesis Exhibition, University Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Currents: Contemporary Ceramics Juried Exhibition, Jurors: Linda Arbuckle and John Byrd, University of Florida Focus Gallery, Gainesville, FL
2009
2nd Lillstreet International, Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation, Juror: Beth Lo, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
Peer Influence, Invitational, in conjunction with NCECA, ASU Performing Arts, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
a la cARTe, Invitational, in conjunction with NCECA, Lux Cofee Bar, Phoenix, AZ
Student Juried Exhibition, Juror: John Feoderov, University Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville FL
Panorama: New Ceramic Work from the University of Florida, Invitational, Roswell Art Center, Roswell GA
2008
Cup the Intimate Object VI, Invitational,
First and Second Year MFA Show, Invitational, WARPHaus, Gainesville, FL
Student Juried Exhibition Juror: Maggie Cuesta, New World School of the Arts, University Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2007
With Our Two Hands, Invitational, Media Image Gallery, Gainesville, FL
Awards and Publications:
2010, "Exhibitions" October 2010, Sherman Hall, Ceramics Monthly, page 18, Volume 58, #8, 2010, USA
2009-10, Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Educational Fund, Adamsville, OH, Three-time Grant Recipient
2009, ACC Conference 2009: Creating a New Craft Culture, Minneapolis, MN, Student Scholarship Recipient
2008, "The MFA Factor: University of Florida" November 2008
2008, Sherman Hall, Ceramics Monthly, Volume 56, #9, 2008, USA
2008, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME, Mary Beasom Bishop and Francis Sumner Merritt Scholarship Recipient
2008, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, University of Florida Scholarship Recipient