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Debra Fritts Workshop

Story Telling, Narrative Sculpture - 2006

This three day, hands-on sculpture workshop will explore the art of story telling, using narrative sculpture to explore important themes such as faith, family relationships, completeness, and inner workings. In this workshop, students will explore the figure in sculpture using a variety of handbuilding techniques with terra cotta clay. The head and the torso will be approached.

Debra's background as a painter reveals itself in the richly captivating surfaces she creates. Participants will learn her techniques for surface work in wet clay, including incising and impressing, mark-making, carving, applique, painting with slips, and use of dry clay. Editing and revising will be explored, as well as the use of symbol and metaphor.

Basic skills in handbuilding will be helpful. Participants should bring an inspirational or symbolic object to work from.

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Three Day Workshop
Hands On
June 2-4, 2006
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Debra Fritts Artist Statement

Looking at my work, I realize that I am a storyteller, but not in the usual sense. I build my stories in terra cotta clay , layering the surfaces with found object marks and fired colarants. These stories have no ending- nor do they contain answers to the questions they pose. They are inquistive, honest, and dwell on the mysteries and joys of daily living.

Each one of a kind sculpture is hand built, mainly using thick coils, then multiple fired. The pieces may be fired three to seven times depending on the color and surface that I'm trying to achieve. I approach the color on the clay as a painter. My palette is a combination of stains, glazes, oxides, slips, dry clays, underglazes and underglaze pencils. I mix- I paint, never exactly sure of the end results - another mystery. I enjoy the surprises!

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