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Debra Fritts

Debra Fritts

Debra Fritts works intuitively exploring the human figure in clay. Her work includes found objects and metal accoutrements. She dwells on the mysteries and joys of life, creating sculpture that tells a story on a spiritual level. Debra has received national attention for her work in clay's most prestigious venues.

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Gallery group show Mugs for Jugs, October 2011
Workshop presenter The Intuitive Figure, November 2010
Workshop presenter Head Talk, March 2010
Gallery group show Mug*Shots, August 2009
Workshop presenter Story Telling, Narrative Sculpture, June 2006

 

Debra Fritts Bio

Debra Fritts is a studio artist working in Roswell, Georgia. She received her undergraduate degree in Art Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and continued graduate studies in ceramic sculpture, painting and printmaking. Debra currently teaches sculpture classes and handbuilding classes at Art Center West in Roswell and conducts master classes and workshops nationally.

Debra enjoys national recognition for her work in ceramic sculpture through invitational exhibitions and awards, museum exhibitions, gallery representation, private collections, and publications. Her sculptures were including in "Form and Imagination" Women Ceramic Sculptors at American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California and at SOFA Chicago and New York regularly. Debra is currently represented by Ferrin Gallery, Pacini Lubel Gallery, Blue Spiral Gallery and the Lowe Gallery. Her sculpture is handbuilt and multiple fired with a painterly glazed surface. The work is autobiographical - a continuous story of life and daily living.

Debra Fritts Artist Statement

As time and experience embraces me as a sculptor in clay, I feel free of art trends and fashionable art. My expression is basic yet intrigues me daily to continue this exploration of clay and the female figure. Working intuitively from pounds of wet clay, ideas develop and stories appear. These stories dwell on the mysteries and joys of life's necessities. The search continues until I reach the core: the spiritual level of the sculpture. Then the work can speak. Sometimes combining found objects with the sculpture enhance the visual composition and gives a reference to the past. Each sculpture is hand built, mainly using thick coils, and fired three to seven times depending on the color and surface I am trying to achieve. I approach the color on the clay as a painter. My palette is a combination of oxides, slips, underglazes, and glazes. I mix, I paint, I fire, and I never know exactly the end results.

Debra Fritts Resume

Selected Exhibitions:
2009
" Mugshots", invitational exhibition, Decatur, Georgia
The Bascom, invitational exhibition, Highlands, North Carolina
Penland Gallery, invitational exhibition, Penland, North Carolina
"Georgia Clay Now", Hudgens Center for Arts, Duluth, Georgia
"Potters as Sculptors, Sculptors as Potters", NCECA, Phoenix, Arizona
" La Mesa", NCECA, Phoenix, Arizona
"Small Favors", The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Spoon it", Baltimore Clay Works, Baltimore, Maryland
"Southern Voices", Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, Ma
Lowe Gallery, group exhibition, Atlanta, Georgia
2009 Ceramic Invitational, University of Georgia, Georgia
2008
"Reconfigurine", exhibition of three figurative sculptors, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Palm Beach 3, Ferrin Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida
SOFA New York, Ferrin Gallery, New York, New York
"I Thirst" Solo Exhibition, Pacini Lubel, Seattle, Washington
"Mind's Eye", three person exhibition, Gallery One, Nashville, Tennessee
Two person exhibition, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina.
"Characters: Views of the Figure", Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia.
"Teapots- steep in thought", Morgan Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Pomona, California
"The Narrative figure in Clay and Paper", Ellipse Art Center, Arlington, Virginia
"Tea", Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Exhibition of Figurative Sculpture, Brevard Museum of Art, Melbourne, Florida
Group Exhibition of Southern Artists, Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Three Person Show, Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
NCECA, Santa Fe Clay, Louisville, Kentucky
Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition, Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio
"ACCSE Presenters Exhibition",Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
"Plates and Platters", Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pa.
2007
"Tea", Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, N.M.
Exhibition of Figurative Sculpture, Brevard Museum of Art, Melbourne, Fl.
Group Exhibition, Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Ga.
Group Exhibition, Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, Ca.
NCECA, Santa Fe Clay, Louisville, Ky.
Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition, Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio
"ACCSE Presenters Exhibition", Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, Tn.
"Plates and Platters", Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pa.
Potters Guild, Invitational Featured Clay Sculpture, Roswell, Ga.
Arts Festival of Atlanta, Invited Artist, Atlanta, Ga.
Piedmont Craftsmen, Collectors Award, Winston Salem, N.C.
"The Show 1", Featured Artist, Trinity Arts Group, Atlanta, Ga.
"Contemporary Teapots by Southern Artists", Invited Artist, Lenox Square Art Walk, Atlanta, Ga.
"Form and Imagination", Women Ceramic Sculptors, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California
"The Narrative Figure in Clay", Ellipse Art Center, Arlington, Virginia
"The Figure", Brevard Museum of Art, Melbourne, Florida
" Southern Artist", Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Three Person Show, Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
NCECA, Santa Fe Clay, Louisville, Kentucky
Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition, Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio
2006
"Narrative Stories", Two Person Show, Gallery One, Nashville, Tennessee
"La Mesa", Santa Fe Clay, NCECA Portland, Oregon.
"Earthenware", Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
"Tea Time: The Art of the Teapot", Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan
SOFA New York, Ferrin Gallery, New York, New York
SOFA Chicago, Gallery 500, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Group Show, Bennett Gallery, Knoxville, Tennessee
Group Show, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, Massuchusetts
Solo Show, Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, Washington.
"The Teapot Exhibition", University of Miami, Miami, Florida
2005
Two Person Show, Chase Gallery, Boston, Ma.
Group Show, Pacini Lubel, Seattle, Washington
Group Show, Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
"Collection of Mr. Sandy Besser", The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts, Napa, California.
"The Contemporary Cup", Lill Street, Chicago, Illinois
"Everybody", CERF's 20th Anniversary, SOFA, Chicago, Illinois.
"American Masters", Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
"No Boundaries Exhibition", Fayetteville Museum of Art, Fayetteville, North Carolina
"Hot Ice Tea", Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina.
"Summer Faculty Show", Arrowmont School of Arts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Publications:
Metropolitan Home, January 2009, October 2005
American Style, October, 2008, December 2004
Ceramics Art and Perception, 2008
New Ceramics, Germany, 2008
Ceramic Review, London, UK 2008
Ceramics Monthly, October 2002
Atlanta Magazine, April 2005
Ceramic Figures, Lark Books 2005
500 Figures, Leslie Ferrin, Lark Books, 2004
Setting Up Your Ceramic Studio, Virginia Scotchie, 2003
500 Teapots, Kathy Triplet, Lark Books, 20
The Ceramic Glaze Book, Mark Burleson, Lark Books, 2001
Teapots Transformed, Leslie Ferrin, Guild Books, 2000
Making Ceramic Sculpture, Raul Acero, Lark Books, 2000
American Craft, February/March 2000
American Craft, December 1999/January 2000
American Craft, October/November 1998
American Craft, August/September 1998
Topside Loaf, Biographical Article, May 1998
Ceramics Monthly, April 1998
The Ceramic Design Book, Val Cushing, Lark Books, 1998
Handbuild Ceramics, Kathy Triplet, Lark Books, 1997
Southern Living Idea House, 1997
Ceramics Monthly, September 1996