Patty Bilbro 2012
August 3, 2012
What do curious llamas, startled owls, happy monkeys, and grumpy little girls have in common?
They are wonderous creatures in Patty Bilbro's line of handmade stoneware pottery. Masterfully thrown and glazed with traditional shino glazes, Patty's studio pottery stands out with characters that come to life with through brushstrokes and whimsical expressions. Illustrated "in the round", each of the pieces captures a glimpse of a storyline captured mid-sentence... just begging the question... how did that little girl turn into a flower anyways?
MudFire Gallery is very pleased to present a solo show featuring the charmingly illustrated shino-ware by Patty Bilbro. A nice selection of plates, mugs, and other pieces of functional pottery is available starting Friday, August 3, in the gallery and online starting at 12 noon.
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Patty's well-crafted, functional ceramic art stands out with ingenious and disarmingly charming illustratins. Her work is born on the pottery wheel and all of her pieces are individually thrown and hand glazed. Utilizing high fire stoneware she craft pots that are dishwasher and microwave safe. Her work is fired in a gas reduction kiln, lending organic elements and depth to the surface.
Patty's attempts to simplify her life are reflected in the shapes, lines and surfaces of my most recent work. Simplicity of brush strokes, figures and emotions are combined on traditionally functional shapes. She relies on unmanageable atmospheric patterns and colors created in the kiln to reveal the often complex nature of those things that appear simple