Cheryl and Mikio have been full-time studio potters since 1985. Prior to that, Cheryl apprenticed at 3 different potteries in Japan from 1979 to 1985. Their work is truly their own and some say you can spot a Nichibei pot from across the room.
Ian Bassett is a visual artist and potter living in The San Francisco East Bay. He is an Adjunct Professor at Los Medanos College and is the Co-owner of Applied Contemporary Craft Gallery in Oakland, CA.
There is great satisfaction in holding a finished piece of pottery that is useful and pleasing, but what I like best about working with clay is the link it forms between the ground, my hands, and the artistic impulse that led me to the wheel in the first place.
My life’s experiences are contained in the pots I create. My search for a deeper personal understanding is part of my creative process. The process of centering the clay, allows me to focus my thoughts and center myself. My approach to art is physical in nature. How my pots feel when I hold them is as important as the visual form they take.
My current work combines ceramics and fused glass to create vessels, wall pieces, and abstract figures. The contrast between textured clay and shiny transparent glass adds dynamic visual interest to the pieces. I am inspired by traditional folk arts as well as by the endless variety found in nature.
Clay has become my chosen medium of expression. My current work focuses on the water drop form as a metaphor for life and the environment. I use various surface treatments to address the hopes, fears, and realities we face today.
I throw classic forms and use surface textures to give them energy and vitality, resulting in art that is both pleasing and alive. I seek to create patterns and textures that emphasize the organic interplay between order and randomness as found in Nature.
I enjoy making pots for everyday use; each is a subtle variation of a form – usually created in a series. I am a perfectionist (as much as the process allows) and am constantly in search of the perfect surface and ideal form while striving to create pots that have life and vitality.
Ceramic Sculptor Emil Yanos has been working with clay since 1993. Through experimentation, he has found that working with clay provides an excellent opportunity to explore color and texture. Emil’s goal is to communicate meaning, extending beyond the visual form to encourage an emotional response.