MudFire member Judy Cutchins combines her love of the nature and interest in science with her love of art in her stunning pottery. As a photgrapher, illustrator, and author, Judy developed a keen eye for observing the natural world and has translated into sgraffito pottery. Coming from Italian for "scratch" - Sgraffito means to incise the surface of a pot covered with a contrasting slip to reveal a drawing - surface depth, carving style, and color help to further define the work.
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Judy Cutchins at MudFire
Judy's work is regularly stocked at the gallery as well as being featured in her solo show June 7-July 7, 2013.
Judy Cutchins Artist Bio
Since I was a little girl, I have loved the outdoors and spent hours exploring backyards, lakes, riverbanks, beaches and woods. So it was only “natural” that I chose a career in science education. My profession has given me countless opportunities to observe plants, animals and habitats of all sizes and kinds.
I have always incorporated art into my work or play. Having studied painting, drawing and photography helped me create programs and science newsletters for young readers. I have written a dozen natural science books, and painted wildlife murals on museum and science classroom walls.
In the 1990s I acquired a small kiln and discovered the versatile medium of clay. My first clay ventures were in my basement making tiles with botanical and nature images for bathrooms and kitchens. I also made over 100 birdbaths with wildlife designs. In 2005 I joined Mudfire Clayworks and learned to throw on the wheel. Throwing opened a world of new dimensions and creative opportunities.
All of my work is functional, usable stoneware. I enjoy storing teabags and coffee in art, eating soup out of art, serving snacks in art, making pies in art, displaying flowers in art, and I hope others will too. Since joining Mudfire I have taken workshops and learned tips and techniques from renowned clay artists such as Kathy Triplett, Paul Lewing, Rick Berman, Richard Notkin, Lisa Clague and amazing sgraffito artist Kathy King.
I am particularly intrigued by the ancient technique of sgraffito, a means of surface decoration done on leather hard clay by carving or scratching designs and illustrations through a colored layer of slip or underglaze to reveal the clay color underneath. Sgraffito is most often done with black over white clay but I also love working with black over darker clay, a more subtle form of sgraffito. It is fun to incorporate colorful underglazes along with the sgraffito. This technique allows me to incorporate my love for illustrating and for nature into the medium of clay.