After graduating from Chico State University, CA with a Fine Arts degree in 1980, Rabun Thompson returned to his homeland of Monterey, CA where he began his career as a professional potter. His work reflected the local lifestyle and climate, the needs of his largely local customer base, and his interest in materials and process within the region. Years later, he moved to Northwest to settle in Portland, OR where his work continues to evolve…representing influences of the local climate and beyond.
What flowers in our hearts, during this year of challenges?
A chance encounter that makes us both smile; that feeling of connection during a deep conversation; compassion for our friend’s trouble. Gratitude for what we still have, and hope sparked by creativity.
Welcome to the whimsical world of Kliszewski Glass, where color and texture combine to enhance your surroundings. For over twenty five years we’ve produced glass art that has strived to enrich the lives of art lovers everywhere. We take pleasure in each handmade item we create and wish continued enjoyment to those who have included us into their art filled world.
I am passionate about all of my creations, especially my sculptures. I am currently exploring exquisite gifts from the garden, kinetic works, and life inspired forms in porcelain. I am fascinated with the versatile characteristics of porcelain and its limitations. Each piece is unique, hand made and finished by me. I want you to come to the piece, enjoy your reaction, and to make up your own story. A surprise awaits you! I cannot wait to share my treasures.
Time in nature is the balm for me, the antidote to the over-stimulation of modern life. Mountains, the Pacific Ocean, rivers and streams, and closer to home, the garden, are the sources from which I gather quiet focus and spiritual calm. Seeds, seedpods, shoots and sprouts have inspired my garden art pieces for years. I am fascinated by their seemingly endless variety. I hope you’ll enjoy.
Gardens are magical and healing. They provide us a bit of calm and serenity in our busy world. I enjoy creating pieces that can offer a visual surprise or delight when tucked in between the plants or hanging in a tree. Everything I create is hand-crafted in my home studio in Northern California where I am surrounded by redwood trees, nature and wildlife. My hope is to contribute beauty, simplicity and a sense of harmony through my work.
For 40 years my work has been largely figurative, exploring the mystery of our life on this planet. The dust-to-dustness of the clay seems ideal for this pursuit. I beat the clay with the crudest of tools: rocks, broken objects, driftwood. Oxides, under-glazes and glazes are repeatedly applied and washed back, building a rich, worn-looking patina.
Faces, gesture and attitude all fascinate me. I have sculpted hundreds and hundreds of “people” exhibiting whatever emotions come to me as I work. I rarely have an idea of the finished piece when I begin but discover where I am going as the clay rises up higher and higher. This is always a joyful process because I get to define and refine – meet and greet that person and figure out just who they are.
I build hollow, my kiln size requiring larger pieces to be engineered to assemble after firing.
As a potter who makes functional work and as an avid gardener who loves growing things and playing in the dirt, it is only natural that I would love to make garden pottery for growing and showing. I also love finding critters in the garden. I am so lucky to put all these “loves” together to make pottery for planting, showing flowers, and ceramic critters to live in the garden with the real ones.
One of a kind ceramic sculptures, colorful, and glazed. A range of life size bikinis from botanical to themed bikinis to hang on your fence, around a pool or to adorn your bathrooms. I hand-form Animal creatures and Bee-loved creatures. As a bee keeper, bee images have flown in to adorn numerous sculptures. I create bee and bird baths to help local wildlife and have built an art-filled sanctuary for all the bugs and local fauna. My sculpture series can be viewed on my website but to see the very latest in stock my studio is always available for a pre-arranged, on site or virtual visit. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange this.
I make freestanding totems, and birdbaths balanced on three long legs. Each of these is made of giant hand formed clay “beads” and supported on strong concealed metal armatures. The totems and bird baths add focus and interest to a garden. The totems work well in both interior and garden spaces.
Though plant-like, my works reflect many qualities of the human spirit. Some conceal and protect their inner selves, while others celebrate in full bloom. Still, others swell in willing anticipation of great growth.
I often use the pod as a metaphor for life because of its simple beauty and the unseen potential of the seed within.
As a woman entering the art field for the first time at age 32, I find my work reflects my life experiences. I’ve traveled to many countries and participated in international ceramic conferences and symposiums. I was ACGA workshop chair for 22 years and now as ACGA international ambassador I’ve hosted many international ceramic artists. The travel and exposure to many different ceramic cultures has been an influence on my work.
My goal as a clay artist is to create objects that communicate beauty, peace and tranquility for your home and office. My glazes are mostly black. My latest series of work is making ikebana flower containers. I’ve taught pottery for 37 years at local art centers and a junior college. I hope to be able to contribute some beauty to the world through my work and by inspiring my students as they travel along their pottery path.
Swanica finds a connection with Mother Nature, culture, history and meaning of life through the creation of ceramic art.
She expresses herself mainly in round thrown clay forms. They center her and represent the cycle of life. She loves to work with colors and is attracted by the warmth of red earthenware clay. She has previously produces an important body of work that features yellow and brown tones produced by the use of ferric chloride color on her signature Horsehair Raku works.
Her recently explored garden art expresses the Gingko leaves what symbolize a long, happy and healthy life and shine rays of light in your life. The wings are flying and “spread their wings” what she and every body else wants to do after this Corona time. Enjoy my works.
Making ‘one-of-a-kind’ ceramic sculpture is a continual exploration of the possibilities for creating fine art from clay.
The challenge is to design a piece that will not collapse in a wet state, will not be attenuated to the point of fragility after firing, will not contain a great variation in thickness that will cause cracking, and yet has an interesting, balanced form that communicates with the viewer.
I enjoy working in clay because of the tactile experience, the satisfaction of creating a three-dimensional object, and the excitement of the unpredictable results of firing clay and glazes.
Lee Middleman creates highly textured, organic surfaces on classic ceramic forms. Although functional, his work is often prized as decorative. His work has been chosen for numerous national and international juried shows and exhibitions. Museums in China, Japan, Korea, Greece, Turkey, Slovenia, India and the United States have selected his work for their permanent collections.
He combines his ceramic career with his strong interest in Asian cultures by accepting invitations to artist-in-residences in Asia each year. For 2021, he has been invited to ceramic events in Japan and China.
Lee’s studio and gallery are located in Portola Valley, California near San Francisco. Lee is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva, Switzerland. Lee is Past-President of the Association of Clay and Glass Artists. He is a founding member and the North American chairman of the International Ceramic Artists Association. He holds a PhD in Physics from Stanford University.
I am inspired by using a variety of media to express statements about the rhythms and cycles of living.
With a BFA in printmaking and graphic design, I worked as a graphic designer in Chicago and San Francisco before returning to Fine Art in 1996. At that time, I started working with fiber, adding ceramic back into my mix of media in 2001, as a way to personally heal after the violence of 9/11.
I trace much of my current subject matter to the observation of patterns in the natural world.
In 2016, my husband and I were inspired to replace our lawn a with a low water pollinators’ garden. As part of the garden design, I created these garden sculptures and totems.
Mark S. Bollwinkel is a retired clergy person and full time potter living in Monterey, California. Inspired by the stone stacks left by visitors to local beaches, he fashions his own “stones” and icons, hanging them on steel frames for outside art. He loves working with clients to incorporate their ideas as well.
My garden has always been a love and inspiration to me. It is planted in roses, iris, calla lilies, and hibiscus. Waterlilies grow in the pond along with my koi. I have tried to infuse these into my tile work.
All of my tile are in porcelain clay. I carve it and glaze it in a variety of glazes. My objective has always been to make tile for the garden, in either mural form, an installation, or just a single tile. I have been commissioned to add color and interest to a fence, a wall, the entrance to house, a courtyard, and a patio. All these pieces have a botanical theme.
My work is an examination of texture. The very nature of clay allows me to explore many options. Each piece plays with contrasting surfaces: rough versus smooth; matte versus shiny; large-scale versus small-scale to add visual depth and tactile interest. Texture envelops the surfaces of naturalistic forms. They are an invitation to run your hands over, the sensation is a reminder of a place you once enjoyed.
I work from both memory and photography. My work records what is real in our environment, and also records what is perceived. The marks and textures help to create sensations, real or perceived that I would want you to experience. I hope that my work will bring a sense of wonder and curiosity. The combination of familiar forms and textures will cause you to marvel at things you notice if you take the time to slow down and experience the world around you.
My mission is to share the beauty I see in the natural world through my art. Inspired by biological forms with a particular focus on structures, I find that time spent connecting to my environment and exploring way above and way below sea level are an integral part of my work. I take inspiration from those places to create abstract interpretations of forms and structures through thoughtfully crafted ceramic sculptures. Using clay as my primary medium, I build in parts and assemble the pieces into arrangements in nature. My installations play with the connectivity of the form to its environment and in turn the connectivity of myself to the natural world.
Sometime in the early 70’s I discovered clay, its tactile textures, pushing and shoving the mud around. This remained a solace throughout my career, especially when I was spending most of my time moving pixels around in the unreal and untactile world of digital effects. Most of the time when I cast glass, I start with a clay mold. It’s a wonderful life!