May 4th and 5th
16 hands offers 2 studio tours each year – Thanksgiving weekend and the first weekend in May. The next Studio Tour will be May 4th and 5th 2013.
After many wonderful years, David Crane will no longer be showing at the 16 hands studio tour. He will continue to create His work and show his pottery at galleries and at his studio in Blacksburg. You can visit his web site for more information at www.davidcraneceramics.com
There are five visiting artists in the Spring 2013 Tour
There is a subtle architectonic logic which pervades the artwork I make. I think of this aesthetic as a sort of “organic tectonic”; a construction involving a language of natural forms, an assemblage of patterns associated with systems of phenomena which make up the natural world. Inspired by the life sciences, including the fossilized record and the amazing worlds opened up by electron microscopy, I create a world where botanical and geological forms seep into an organic/geometric matrix. “Earth forming,” my novel process of making is a technique which involves carving intricate one-off molds out of sand and clay. These fragile earthen “form works” last only long enough to capture my clay creations (containers, vessels and relief tiles), until they can be excavated and eventually fired.
Chris is exhibiting with Silvie Granatell
My pieces are slab built from cone 6 Porcelain. After rolling a slab with a rolling pin, I use rectangular or circular templates as a starting point for each pot. I then either cut out darts or pinch the clay into the desired form. I often work from sketches I’ve made, or just let the process guide me into the form. My forms are inspired by many sources such as nature, architecture and beads. My surface decoration is mostly inspired by fabric and clothing. Making pots is meaningful to me because I appreciate food, celebration, and setting a beautiful table. In this “age of communication,” where most communicating is done electronically, and food is eaten out of paper, plastic or Styrofoam, my hope is to communicate through my pots, by bringing some creative life into eating and drinking. A handmade pot contains the soul and energy of the maker, and when used, a human connection is made. These basic connections between people keep our souls alive.
Sandi is exhibiting with Brad Warstler and Ellen Shankin
I am lucky enough to have discovered early in my life that I am a potter. I form my stoneware pottery on the wheel and by hand building. I feel certain that for as long as I am alive I will take the Earth’s body into my hands and form it into containers for sustenance. To experience the potters’ attention to volume, texture, weight, color, and space while savoring a cup of coffee or a bowl of soup is one of life’s sublime pleasures. More recently I have been making sanctuaries to creation and animal forms in addition to pottery. My more sculptural work enables me to extend the conversation and my hope is that you will slow down enough to wonder, and be curious, and ask questions. We live in a violent world. I consider it my mission to help create a culture where hand made objects matter deeply, where they enrich our lives. To create a world where destruction, consumption and violence are overcome by creation, respect and non-violence. To create a world worthy of our perfect natural one. One piece of clay at a time.
Neil is exhibiting with Brad Warstler and Ellen Shankin
I am drawn to functional ceramics for its usefulness and its ability to enhance the beauty of a given moment, whether in sharing a meal or having a cup of tea. I am driven in the studio by experimentation and creating interesting surfaces on my pots. My new work is playing with the contrast of bright colors on a more organic matte surface. My surface designs are inspired by my daughter’s drawings and the naturalness of kid art.
Sarah is exhibiting with Donna Polseno and Rick Hensley
When I make pots it is with the hope that they will nestle comfortably into the lives of the wild and wonderful artists and farmers and musicians all around me and beyond, who seem to be forever raising the bar of what it means to walk around on this earth in a good way. I aim to create simple, sturdy tableware that works well, has a hearty, cheerful feeling, and is equally at home on a cozy dinner table or on the floor of an old pick-up truck.
I make functional, high-fired pots that tend to lean in the direction of everyday tableware – cups, plates, bowls, teaware – with a healthy smattering of things like corked bottles, little boxes and fermenting crocks thrown in for good measure. My forms are fairly simple and sturdy, ranging from earthy tones to brighter hues, and are usually sporting playful brushwork decoration like scratchy circles or wandering vines.
Julie is exhibiting with Josh Copus