The Clay Studio of Missoula
Friends and Influences:
An Artist-in-Residence Invitational


On exhibit through October 25, 2013
at the Clay Studio of Missoula

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Friends and Influences

Tammy Marinuzzi
Flopsy
Terracotta
2013
$300

Sprout ń Seed Holder
Terracotta, porcelain
2013
$300

 

Eva Champagne
Quiver, Beryl, Brandish and Vernal
Ceramic
2012
$400 each

 

 

Eva Champagne invites Tammy Marinuzzi

Tammy Marinuzzi has been a dear friend, mentor and inspiration to me since 2004 when we met at the University of Florida where she was a graduate student and I, a post-bacc. Over the years she has consistently shown me what it takes to be a dedicated educator and artist, not to mention a devoted friend, mother and wife. She holds herself to the highest standards in all her endeavors, has the kindest heart and a generous spirit. I think these qualities inform her perception, sensitivity and unflinching honesty about human nature. Add to these qualities a unique delicacy and tactility in handling the clay and the results are the subtly dark and awkward yet ultimately sympathetic characters she creates. Knowing Tammy is one of the high points of getting into this field of ceramic art for me, and so working with her at Gulf Coast State College and in the studio last year was a privilege and a joy. During that time, we found all kinds of shared affinities in our work and practices, despite how different they may appear on the surface. We also challenged each other with probing questions and fresh insights about each other's work. I'm thrilled to be able to share her work with the Montana audience through this exhibit.

Friends and Influences

Chris Dufala
Fair Trade
Ceramic
2013
$1750

Trey Hill
Lucent
Ceramic, metal leaf
2013
$3800

Chris Dufala invites Trey Hill

Through a common educational experience and similarities in working methods and creative processes, Trey Hill and I share a common compulsion to explore visceral qualities of the ceramic surface and form.

Friends and Influences

Bobby Free
Vases
Soda fired porcelain
$65 each

Emily Free Wilson
Vase
Porcelain
$325


Bobby Free invites Emily Free Wilson

I chose Emily because she's my sister. The reason goes beyond blood though. Emily and I found clay for the first time together, but in totally different places. Emily was in college in Wisconsin and I was in high school in Oregon. Since that time we've had the benefit of each otherís skill and company. I value Emily's artistic and professional opinions, her integrity and advice. She has been a constant support for me and I wouldn't be where I am today without her.

Friends and Influences

Dan Murphy
Teapot
Woodfired stoneware
2013
$250

Perry Haas
Teapot
Woodfired stoneware
2013
$150

Perry Haas invites Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy was my professor as Utah State, and has inspired me to make functional wood fired pottery. Experimenting with different clay bodies and temperatures has opened my possibilities of color in my forms. The relationship that Dan has with the clay creates a movement of balance, and understanding of how the clay will react. His torn edges allow you to see the process and the clay in its natural state.

Friends and Influences

Courtney Murphy
Jar
Ceramic
2013
$220

Bowls
Ceramic
2013
$56 each

Maria Dondero
Double Animal Jar
Ceramic, cone 1
2013
$150

Four Mugs
Ceramic, cone 1
2013
$150 for set

Courtney Murphy invites Maria Dondero

I have never actually met Maria, but I think I first saw images of her work about two years ago. I was really drawn to her layered surfaces and simple drawings. I like the looseness and spirit of her work. I thought this show would be a nice chance to invite someone Iíve never met, but whose work I have admired. Also it gives me the opportunity to get to see the work in person and handle something that Iíve only seen images of.

Friends and Influences

Tai Rogers and Bill Pariso

Impact
Ceramic
2013
$1000


Tai Rogers invites Bill Pariso

Bill Pariso has just finished his MFA at Indiana University. He was an immediate friend and artistic confidant when I arrived last fall. During our year together as students I was always astonished by Bill's ability to create ceramic objects that embraced their materiality and phenomena. His work was diametrically opposed to my style, but I kept returning to the idea that we were both creating fantastic imagined worlds. And it was with this in mind that the idea of doing a collaboration spawned from. We are each working on half of a landscape that shows the impact of a foreign object (think meteor), and our two worlds will pair up in a singular presentation. I chose to invite Bill because I thought that we would both benefit from thinking about our work in tandem with each other's style, mine being rigid and angular, and his fluid and organic.

Friends and Influences

Alison Reintjes

Lidded Heptagon Box
Ceramic
$175

Lidded Spherical Box
Ceramic
$120

Heptagon Antiprism
Ceramic
$100

Sue Tirrell

Captive Unicorn
Porcelain
2013
$200

Turtle Candlesticks
Porcelain
2013
$100 for set or $50 ea
(one is sold!)

Marigold Relish Tray
Porcelain
2013
$50

Alison Reintjes invites Sue Tirrell

I first met Sue TIrrell ten years ago at the Archie Bray Foundation where we were both spending times as artists in residence. Returning to Montana four years ago, I was delighted to see the development in her work. Playful and folksy her pots are different from my own yet I very much admire her approach.

Friends and Influences

Yasha Butler
Plateau
Slipcast tinted porcelain
2013
Small bowl- $120
Medium bowl- $400
Large bowl- $600
Set of three- $950

Audrey Rosulek
Teapot
Porcelain
2013
$150

Audrey Rosulek invites Yasha Butler

The World Wide Web has been a useful tool for me to educate myself about the field of ceramics. While following a chain of links through the Internet, I found myself lingering on the pages of Yasha Bulter's website and blog. Yasha and I live oceans apart yet through the window of my computer I am able to see and read about her studio practice. I found myself inspired by the images of Yasha's work and her process of making. Technology can offer me so much, but it can't replace the sense of touch. This exhibition will provide the opportunity to experience Yasha's work in person. I can't wait to touch Yasha's work. Will her forms be as soft and soothing as I imagine them to be?

Friends and Influences

Jeffrey Sincich
Get Your Feet Wet
Stoneware, found materials
2013
$450

Josh Stover Dog/Woman Lidded Box
Earthenware
2013
$200

Jeffrey Sincich invites Josh Stover

I graduated undergrad alongside Josh Stover. Throughout our time spent at school, we realized that we had very similar interests, inspirations and aesthetic taste. We noticed that though our work was completely different, mine sculpture, his pottery, our work complemented each otherís well. Themes of rural environments, folk art and sign painting run through both of our work. Sometimes I think he is making pots for my characters and my characters are made to use his pots. Itís a love, love relationship.


Friends and Influences

Bryan Hopkins

Vase
Porcelain
2013
$110

Vase
Porcelain
2013
$395

Lilly Zuckerman
Untitled

Ceramic
2013
NFS


Lilly Zuckerman invites Bryan Hopkins

I am drawn to how Bryan Hopkinsí guides his material to encapsulate so much space, such complex lines and surfaces, all the while being held in such a compelling edge. Entire vistas are held within his edges. He writes, "The archetypal function of the clay pot is that of a container for the physical, tangible object. My work is based on the premise that the clay vessel is capable of more than holding fruit, presenting flowers, or decorating a sideboard, and that there are additional functions of the vessel, such as containing the intangible- light, shadow, idea." The contrast he achieves between delicate porcelain and industrial textures, like plywood and steel form an amazingly tense and complex surface. He writes, the "juxtaposition glazed and unglazed surfaces combines with industrial textures not typically associated with porcelain produces a tension in the work, and is at odds with the porcelain's implicit societal qualities, upper-class association and assumptions of purity and preciousness." I find commonality in our shared interest in space and material. I see my work as sturdy, dark, handled, and vibrating with tension.

Additional detail shots of some of the exhibited works

Friends and Influences

Yasha Butler
Plateau
Slipcast tinted porcelain
2013
Small bowl- $120
Medium bowl- $400
Large bowl- $600
Set of three- $950


Friends and Influences

Eva Champagne
Quiver

Ceramic
2012
$400


Friends and Influences

Maria Dondero
Double Animal Jar
Ceramic, cone 1
2013
$150

Friends and Influences

Maria Dondero
Four Mugs
Ceramic, cone 1
2013
$150

Friends and Influences

Chris Dufala
Fair Trade
Ceramic
2013
$1750


Friends and Influences

Emily Free Wilson
Vase
Porcelain
$325


Friends and Influences

Bryan Hopkins
Vase
Porcelain
2013
$395


Friends and Influences

Tammy Marinuzzi
Flopsy

Terracotta
2013
$300

Friends and Influences

Tammy Marinuzzi (with Eva Champagne)
Sprout
Terracotta
2013
$300


Friends and Influences

Courtney Murphy
Jar
Ceramic
2013
$220

Friends and Influences

Tai Rogers and Bill Pariso
Impact
Ceramic
2013
$1000



 

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