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Deanna Ranlett

Deanna Ranlett

Deanna Ranlett’s contemplative sculpture treads between the lines of organic versus geometric. The deliberate construction of her work represents two completely opposing views: the meditative, cool expanses of space facing the viewer, and the hidden passageways and shapes within and underneath each work that require exploration and thought. Her vessels are active, meditative works, which allows them to be a vehicle for exploration.

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Deanna Ranlett STEM Sculpture at MudFire Gallery
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Deanna Ranlett Watercolor Ceramic Sculpture At MudFire Gallery
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Deanna Ranlett Watercolor Ceramic Sculpture At MudFire Gallery
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Deanna Ranlett Watercolor Ceramic Sculpture At MudFire Gallery
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Deanna Ranlett Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Deanna Ranlett at MudFire

Gallery group show Damn Right I Got the Blues, June 2011
Gallery group show Teapots A Go-Go 2006
Gallery group show
Serve This, October 2004
Gallery group show 8 x 10 Atlanta, November 2003
Solo show Hidden Spaces, November 2002

 

About Deanna Ranlett

As an artist who also owns a ceramic supply shop, Atlanta Clay, I am balancing the challenges of being Atlanta's go to girl for clay questions as well as finding the time to manage the creation of my work - for me building is an act of meditation and release from the daily grind.

I enjoy the challenge and process of microcrystalline glazing because it requires a lot of glaze work - both in formulation and firing. My handbuilt vessels allow me to have quiet meditative space and my active layering of glazes is an outlet for a more frenetic form of energy and general sense of surprise.

As a ceramic artist, I often find myself occupying the middle ground - blurring the conventional definitions of organic versus geometric form, and functional versus sculptural intent. I consider myself a vessel maker, but my vessels do not serve a defined utilitarian purpose - most are sculptural, some with functional references, but with no designated use.

My vessels are active as well as meditative works, which allow them to be a vehicle for exploration and thought. My intent is for the viewer to find their point of reference - be it organic, figurative, or architectural. I am inspired by the body, landscape, and design elements of varying types, but do not directly incorporate these ideas on a conscious level. Later, after a piece is completed, I relish the images that appear to me as well as to the viewer. The exploration of completed works is as important to me as the initial construction. For me, each piece serves to evoke visual memories, becoming a physical representation of actions, visions, and thoughts in my own life. I strive for a personal connection to my work while providing a reflective space for the viewer to interpret my work and make his or her own personal connections. My work is an interpretation of my own feelings and experiences without forcing a direct reference so personal as to alienate the viewer.

My conscious artistic focus is form and line, and how these elements can be enhanced with color, sparkling glazes, or an unexpected detail like a sweeping curve, strong plane, or a glassy meditative pool. I enclose and reveal spaces within my work, where often the underneath "hidden" areas of the piece are the most deliberate. These hidden areas offer an area of active exploration for the viewer. I incorporate these "closed" areas, to represent the places and ideas that we all keep inside - be they secrets, ponderings, meditation, or creative ramblings. In contrast, the top surfaces are a smooth, cool expanse of space - a plane for the viewer to rest upon or meditate, a reflecting place for the secrets we keep locked inside. The top surfaces are becoming more interactive, more abstractly sexy, calling for the viewer to reach out to the work, and have an active, tactile dialogue experiencing for themselves what is already a visual memory for me.

Deanna Ranlett Artist Resume

Exhibitions:
"Fired Works 2010", Regional Group Invitational Exhibition, April 2010, Macon, GA.
"Icescapes", Invitational Solo Show, January 2010, Macon First Street Gallery, Macon, GA.
"Fired Works 2009", Regional Group Invitational Exhibition, April 2009, Macon, GA.
"Fired Works 2008", Regional Group Invitational Exhibition, April 2008, Macon, GA.
"Fired Works 2007", Regional Group Invitational Exhibition, April 2007, Macon, GA.
"Women in Ceramics", Regional Invitational featuring Southeastern Women, Highlands, NC.
"Perspectives" - An Invitational Exhibition featuring 50 Georgia Artists, August 2006, Watkinsville, GA.
"Spring Stroll" , May 2006 - Invitational Spring Exhibition, Creative Spirit Gallery, Decatur, GA.
"Tea-pots A-GO-GO 2006 - In conjunction with The Atlanta Teapot Festival", April 2006
"The Art of Dining - Elton John Aids Foundation Benefit Annual Invitational Auction"
"Fired Works 2006", Regional Group Invitational Sculptural Exhibition, April 2006.
"Women in Art" Group Invitation Exhibition sponsored by the South Cobb Art Alliance. January 2006, Atlanta GA.
"The Art of Dining - Elton John Aids Foundation Benefit Annual Invitational", April 2005, Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
"Invitational Spring Show", April 2005, Macon Arts Cherry Street Gallery, Macon, GA.
"Serve This", Group Invitational Exhibition 2005, Mudfire Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
"Revelation", Solo Exhibition 2005, Creative Sprit Gallery, Decatur, GA.
"Silent Benefit Auction", Group Show December 2005, Eyedrum Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
"Holiday Special", Group Invitational Sale, Youngblood Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
"Rumination", Solo Exhibition, February 2004, Roswell Visual Arts - Clay West, Roswell, GA.
"Elemental" ,Solo Exhibition, January 2004, Roswell Visual Arts - Clay West, Roswell, GA.
"8x10 Atlanta", Group Invitational, November 2003, Mudfire Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
Graduating BFA Show, May 2003, Georgia State University Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
"Reflection", Solo Exhibition, May 2003, RedWall Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
"Elements of Culture", Group Art and Music Exhibition, March 2003, Club 708, Atlanta, GA.
"Cornucopia of Art by Women", Group Invitational, February 2003, Mable House Cultural Center, Mableton, GA.
"Hidden Spaces", Solo exhibition, November 2002, Mudfire Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
"Annual Juried Student Show", April 2001, Georgia State University Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
"Annual Juried Student Show", April 2000, Georgia State University Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
Awards:
Awarded Regina Brown Student Fellowship, January 2003, NCECA Nominated by Georgia State Faculty and awarded by the Board of Directors of NCECA, the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts - based upon slides and written proposal.
Education:
2003, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, BFA in Studio Art - Concentration Ceramics, Graduated Summa Cum Laude.
1998, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, BA in Speech Communication, Graduated Magna Cum Laude, President of Speech Communication Organization.
Employment, Experience:
2009 - Present - Owner, Atlanta Clay, Atlanta, GA.
2000 - 2008, Asst. Manager & Technical Consultant, Davens Ceramic Center, Atlanta, GA.
2003, Artist Market Chairperson, Chamblee Festival, Chamblee City Hall, Atlanta, GA.
2000-2003, President, Student League of Independent Potters, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.