New at MudFire
We find amazing artists all the time! Some come from our very own studio and others travel (or ship ) to bring their expressive, beautiful ceramic work to our gallery. We showcase new artists quite frequently and wanted to make a new page so you could find them easier. Currently showing: Lori Leary - MudFire member and traveling wood-firer! Lori has a wonderful way with clay and her wood-firing enchances her textural, complex forms. Claire Miller, a MudFire artist in residence on her way to a post-bac position in Montana, shows off her modern, minimalist reaction to Atlanta and its urban landscape. Recently, Tom Homann paid us a visit with his great woodash glazed traditional pots. They are well thrown and have lovely ash glazes in neutral tones. Last month we were focusing on Curtis Stewardson and Sandra Trujillo who visited the gallery a few weeks back while we were planting a garden. Soon we'll have full pages up for Curtis and Sandra but we couldn't wait to show you what they brought for us - so with no further adieu take a look below:
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Fresh New Artists
Inspired by our Southern roots we decided it would be nice to introduce new artists in a special way when they first bring work to MudFire so we made them a whole new category. Check here often to see who we've added to the gallery. Fresh viewpoints, new colors, elegant forms, whatever catches our fancy you'll get to see first. We had a lovely visit from Curtis Stewardson and Sandra Trujillo this month while we were gardening and they brought some lovely work for the gallery. Sandra's barber shop inspired referential figure busts poke a little fun at the literary bust tradition while Curtis's summer hued earthenware work makes us very excited for a nice summer potluck. Check out the work!
Claire Riggs Miller
Landscape feeds people emotionally and physically. It is subtle, but tells stories of motion, need, want, and time. My work embodies a fascination with place, communicated through observations assembled as characteristic marks and forms. I make functional pottery that supports a physical need to be nourished while recalling shapes and customs of our surroundings.
While biking, walking, and running I collect material remains, sights, and conversations. From here I reduce this observation or text into a unique mark. Though my patterning is representative of something specific, through the process of sketching and repetition it has been simplified and stylized, making its reference less obvious. The patterned carving instead asks to be touched, held, and used. Combining the object with a symbol creates a new socio-cultural artifact.
This collection of pots are a response to Atlanta. Having previously inhabited smaller cities and unincorporated communities, I have been confronted by a new, sprawling landscape in Atlanta. Here I have memorized the shapes on the skyline just as I might the mountains. Of particular interest to me are customs , the types of litter accumulated by the roadside, weeds, and the types of people. It is from the experience of moving here that my pots were made.
Lori Leary just delivered a fresh batch of wood-fired goodies from beautiful teabowls to stunning vases these are sophisticated earthtone works for your home and table. Lori is a long-time MudFire member and supporter as well as an extensive traveler. Potters everywhere know Lori Leary's charm and work!