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Sandra Blain

Sandra Blain

Sandra Blain uses found objects and industrial refuse as textural tools and makes impressions in her clay pieces, creating works that are both decorative and documentary of current times. Concentrating on form, color, and texture simultaneously, Blain strives to capture time and place in her earthenware creations. Her sculptural forms are inspired by curbside environments provide facades to capture the discard of our culture. Slips and glazes are drawn, brushed, stamped, stenciled and airbrushed on the surface of the pieces during various intervals of a multiple firing process. Visual complexity is the result of collecting material, layering process and realizing ideas.

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Sandy Blain Mug at MudFire Gallery
Price: $60.00
Sandy Blain Mug at MudFire Gallery
Price: $60.00
Sandy Blain Mug at MudFire Gallery
Price: $60.00

Sandra Blain at MudFire

Gallery group show Constructed, April 2010


Sandra Blain Artist Bio

Sandy Blain is Professor Emeritus - Ceramics, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Director Emeritus - Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN. Her background includes a B.S. in Art Education from Northern Illinois University, and an M.F.A. in Ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Having worked in teaching and administration since 1964, she has a diverse background related to educational programming - classes/conferences/seminars; gallery programming/installations; fund raising; public relations and personnel development. Her public service work includes involvement with national/regional/state/local craft organizations, often serving as a board member, consultant, conference coordinator, grant reviewer, exhibition juror, or presenter/workshop leader. As a practicing artist, her clay pieces have been seen in juried and invitational exhibitions throughout the country with reviews and photographs in media publications and catalogs.

After a recent move to Arizona, Sandy has set-up a ceramic studio working with earthenware and stoneware sculptural and functional forms. Manipulated and assembled handbuilt and thrown forms are impressed with found objects serving as metaphors for the impact one has on their surroundings. The relief surfaces reveal a personal narrative experienced on daily walks. Oxides, slips and glazes are applied through drawing, brushing and spraying the surfaces of the pieces during various intervals of a multiple firing process. Depth and visual complexity are the result of layering techniques, ideas and images.

Sandy is an adjunct faculty member at the Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ. She is active with the Arizona State University Ceramic Research Center serving as Chairman of the Advisory Board with committee work related to educational outreach, the bi-annual Gala auction, and the annual studio tour weekend. She is also serving as a docent in the ASU Museum Store. She continues to serve as a juror for national and regional exhibitions, a workshop leader with emphasis primarily on handbuilding, and a consultant to various arts organizations.


Sandra Blain Artist Statement

Sculptural and vessel forms provide volumes for surface manipulation and marking. The influence of pattern is evidenced through an eclectic array of historical, environmental, natural, and man-made systems of organization. Significant in the construction of form and surface impressions is the inherent quality of clay - the process that enables the medium to capture and record the spontaneity of a direct tactile experience. Often the surfaces of the manipulated and handbuilt forms reveal a personal narrative experienced on daily walks. Surfaces are impressed with organic and inorganic matter and found objects in addition to further hand and tool methods of alteration serving as metaphors for landscape elements. Slips and glazes are drawn, brushed, stamped, stenciled and airbrushed on the surface of the pieces during various intervals of a multiple firing process. A sense of depth and visual complexity is the result of layering techniques, ideas and images.

Sandra Blain Artist Resume

1972 M.F.A. in Ceramics, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
1967 M.S. in Art, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
1964 B.S. in Education, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
Juried Exhibitions:
2010 "8 Fluid Ounces", L.S.U. - Glassell Gallery , Baton Rouge, LA
2009 "NAU National Biennial Ceramics Exhibition", Northern Arizona University Art Gallery, Flagstaff, AZ
2008 "Mesa Contemporary Arts' 29th Annual Contemporary Crafts", Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
2008 "Earth, Air, Fire, Water", Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, AZ
2008 All Arizona Clay", Shemer Art Center, Phoenix, AZ
2007 "Artscapes", Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville TN
2007 All Arizona Clay", West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, AZ
2006 "All Arizona Clay Exhibition: Carpe Argillum", West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, AZ
2004 "Open Show 2004", Arts and Cultural Alliance, Knoxville, TN
2004 T.A.C.A. 2004 Biennial Exhibition, Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN
2003 35th Annual Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood Exhibition, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, IA
Spotlight '03: Southeast Crafts, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC
Craftforms: 2003 - Nat. juried exhibition of fine cont crafts, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
2002 LaGrange National XXII, Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange, GA
2002 1-Person Exhibition, Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery, Nashville, TN
2002 T.A.C.A. 2002 Biennial Exhibition, Hunter Museum, Chattanooga, TN
2002 Plates "02, Riverside Community College, Riverside, CA
2002 Renaissance Regional Art Exhibit, Renaissance Center, Dickson, TN
2001 The Best of Tennessee, Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN
2001 National Juried Cup Show, Gallery 138, Kent State University, Kent, OH
2001 Hand Held Cup Show, Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, NC
2001 Art With a Southern Drawl X, University of Mobile, Mobile, AL
2000 T.A.C.A. 2000 Biennial Exhibition, Carroll Reese Museum, Johnson City, TN; Christian Brothers University Gallery, Memphis, TN
Invitational Exhibitions:
2010 "Constructed: A Handbuilt Review, Mudfire Studio Gallery, Decatur, GA
2010 "La Mesa" - Santa Fe Clay, Marriott Hotel, - NCECA Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA
2009 "From Tradition to Innovation - Arrowmont School at Hartsfield International Airport" -T Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2008 NCECA Exhibition "Adaptation", Ellis Armory, Pittsburgh, PA
2008 Appalachian Center for Crafts - Faculty Exhibition, Smithville, TN
2008 "Arrowmont School at the KMA", Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
2008 Glendale Community College, 1-person exhibition, Glendale, AZ
2008 "Tactile Clay: Surface and Structure, Bronson Ingram Art Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
2007 "Contemporary Ceramics" - 4 person exhibition, University of North Alabama Art Gallery, Florence, AL
2006 Holiday Exhibition, River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN
2005 Terra Madre Clay Exhibition, Fountain City Art Center, Knoxville, TN
2005 "Celebration: Six Women Artists", River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN
2003 Inaugural Exhibit, Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery, Nashville, TN
2003 Sandra Blain: Ceramic s, Trinity Clay Co. Florence, AL
2003 "Planting, Potting and Pruning: Artists and the Cultivated Landscape" , Wustum Museum, Racine, WI
2003 "Releasing the Mold: New Applications in Contemporary Ceramics", SUNY Brockport, Brockport, NY
2003 "UT: 2D/3D" - Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS
2003 "Blain, Brogden, Martin: Ceramics", Nicholls State University, Ameen Art Gallery, Thibodaux, LA
2003 "Teabowls", Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
2002 An Inch of Art, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
2002 Masterworks, Madison Art Center, Madison, TN
2001 Southern Women of Influence, Kentucky Art and Craft Gallery, Louisville, KY
2001 Nature Takes a Turn, Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN
2001 N.C.E.C.A. Exhibitions: Arrowmont Residents and Staff, Central Piedmont Community College - Hart Witzen Gallery, installation, Charlotte, NC.
2001 Faculty and Staff Exhibitions, Arrowmont School Gallery, Gatlinburg, TN, (since 1978)
2000 Living With Form: Horn Collection, Little Rock Art Center, Little Rock, AR
2000 Who Knows Where or When: Artists Interpret Geography and Time, Wustum Museum, Racine, WI
2000 Sandra Blain and Bill Griffith: Ceramics After Five, Berea College, Berea, KY