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Naomi Dalglish

Naomi Dalglish

Naomi Dalglish, along with her partner, Michael Hunt, operates a clay studio near Penland. Her sculptures were originally inspired by pre-colombian clay figures and ancient Japanese Haniwa sculptures. The small openings of the eyes or mouth in these hollow forms reveal a seemingly vast empty interior space. Many of her figures end up as musicians, but even if they are not singing or playing an instrument, they are radiating their quiet joy and wonder into the world. Many of these sculptures are coil-built, which involves slowly adding ropes of clay from the bottom of the form to the top. Others are carved from a solid piece of clay, and hollowed afterwards.

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Naomi Dalglish at MudFire

Gallery group show House and Home, March 2012
Gallery group show Potters of the Roan, April 2009
Gallery group show Compositions, September 2008

 

Naomi Dalglish Artist Bio

Naomi began making pottery with her grandmother as a child. She studied clay at Earlham College with Mike Theideman, a former apprentice of Warren MacKenzie. She spent a semester in Mexico, where she studied with Mexican potters and discovered pre-colombian clay figures. In addition to making pottery, she began making sculptures inspired by pre-colombian and Japanese Haniwa figures.

After college, Naomi came to Penland to take a kiln building class and stayed in the area. She now makes sculptures and collaborates in making pottery with her husband Michael Hunt. They work together as full time potters, firing their kiln four times a year, and occasionally teaching workshops. Their pottery is named "Bandana Pottery" after the small community in which they live. They exhibit their work nationally.

 

Naomi Dalglish Artist Statement

My sculptures were originally inspired by pre-colombian clay figures and ancient Japanese Haniwa sculptures. The small openings of the eyes or mouth in these hollow forms reveal a seemingly vast empty interior space. Being a musician, this powerful energy seems to me to be musical in nature. Many of my figures therefore end up as musicians, but even if they are not singing or playing an instrument, they are radiating their quiet joy and wonder into the world. Many of these sculptures are coil-built, which involves slowly adding ropes of clay from the bottom of the form to the top. Others are carved from a solid piece of clay, and hollowed afterwards.



Naomi Dalglish Artist Resume

Education:
2003 Two month concentration at Penland School of Crafts in kiln building
2002 Graduated from Earlham College with a BA. Majored in Art with a concentration in clay.
2000 Studied with a family of potters for two months in Tlayacapan, Mexico
Recent Exhibitions:
Dec 2011 "Potters Invitational at Art School atOld Church" Demarest, NJ
Sep 2010 "North Carolina Clay Invitational" Frank; Chapel Hill, NC
July 2010 "National Invitational Exhibition" Ohio University Wood Firing Symposium; Athens, OH
Apr 2010 "Yunomi Invitational" AKAR; Iowa City, IO
Nov 2009 "North American Clay Invitational" Seward Park Clay Studio; Seattle, WA
Nov 2009 "Potters Answer: Why Clay?" Mikhail Zakin Gallery; Demarest, NJ
Oct 2009 "Hunt/Dalglish & Warren Mackenzie" AKAR Design Gallery; Iowa City, IA
Apr 2009 "Smithsonian Craft Show" Smithsonian Building Museum; Washington, DC
Jan 2009 "Oh Hyang Jong, Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish" Nanun Gallery; Seoul, Korea Oct 2008 "Wood-fired Clay from the NC Mountains" Hand in Hand Gallery; Flat Rock, NC
Oct 2008 "Compositions" Mudfire Gallery; Decatur, GA
Sep 2008 "Ceramic Form and Function" Westmont College; Santa Barbara, CA
Aug 2008 "Utilitarian Clay V: Celebrate the Object Invited Artists Exhibition." Arrowmont; Gatlinburg, TN
Feb 2008 "State of the Art 2008: National Biemmial Ceramics Invitational" Parkland Art Gallery; Champaign, IL
Feb 2007 "State of the Art 2008: National Biemmial Ceramics Invitational" Parkland Art Gallery; Champaign, IL
Dec 2007 "Collector's Choice Gala" Green Hill Center; Greensboro, NC
Nov 2007 "Hand Held Drinking Vessels" Main Street Art Gallery; Edwardsville, IL
Oct 2007 "90 Teapots that pour" Xen Gallery; St. Louis, MO
Sep 2007 "Mark Hewitt & North Carolina Potters" Akar; Iowa City, IO
Sep 2007 "Pushing Tradition: Asheville's New Voices" Good Dirt; Athens, GA
Aug 2007 "Bandana Pottery: Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish" The Clay Place; Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 2007 "Potters of the Roan" Rocky Mount Arts Center; Rocky Mount, NC
Mar 2007 "Wood-fired" The Signature Shop & Gallery; Atlanta, GA
Feb 2007 "Yunomi Invitational" Akar; Iowa City, IO
Dec 2006 "The Simple Cup" Kobo; Seattle, WA
Nov 2006 "Potters of the Roan" North Carolina Pottery Center; Seagrove, NC
Nov 2006 "Reunion" Exhibition with Oh Hyang Jong, American Folk Gallery; Asheville, NC
June 2006 "Michael Hunt, Naomi Dalglish, and Jerilyn Virden" The Art Cellar Gallery; Banner Elk, NC
April 2006 "Wild Clay" American Folk Gallery; Asheville, NC
Oct 2005 "The Potter's Apprentice" Marywood College Gallery; Scranton, PA