Debra Fleury: Barnacle, 2011. Dark Stoneware hollow forms fired to cone 6 (neutral atmosphere), (wall installation). Dimensions variable, average size per individual piece is approximately 12 cm x 11 cm x 8 cm
Debra Fleury: Glider, 2010. Porcelain. Fired to cone 10 (reduction atmosphere). Dimensions 50 cm x 15 cm x 17 cm
Debra Fleury: Bone, 2010. White Stoneware, Dark Stoneware and underglaze. Fired to cone 1 (neutral atmosphere). Dimensions 41 cm x 29 cm x 29 cm
Art should come from the heart of the artist, it should engage the audience, it should connect with the community, it should start a dialog, a debate. It should get people to look at things in a way they have not thought of, or to see what they have looked at but not really seen. Art has to come deeply from the artist, there has to be raw emotion and honesty in the work if it is to connect with people. An Artist paints and sculpts what they know. These are all the reasons I wanted to do a show about Alzheimer’s disease. To start a dialog, to connect, to get people to understand what it is like to have the disease, it is a part of my life, so it is what I know, what I am around. I took those thoughts and feelings and transformed them into visuals to engage my audience.
I speak through paint and clay. Art is a look inside the artist, what I am feeling is transferred into the clay while I am sculpting, Those feelings have to go somewhere. I wanted to tell a story, I wanted you to feel how it is, the frustrations, humor, the compassion and the heartache of having Alzheimer’s disease and for the ones caring for one with this disease.
William Faulkner said it best ~ The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it it moves again since it is life.
Cindy Billingsley: Chamber Nautlius, 2005, 15” x 18” x 9”, raku clay, hand built solid, hollowed for firing, low fired, cold finish acrylic and wax
Cindy Billingsley: Giraffes - Out of the ordinary, 2008, 25” x 28” x 22”, raku clay, hand built solid, hollowed for firing, low fired, cold finish acrylic and wax
Cindy Billingsley: Koala, 2007, 25” x 27”x 15”, raku clay, hand built solid, hollowed for firing, low fired, cold finish acrylic and wax
Cindy Billingsley: Chimp Portrait, 2008, 15” x10” x 8”, raku clay, hand built solid, hollowed for firing, low fired, cold finish acrylic and wax
Cindy Billingsley: Anteater and baby, 2009, 15” x 28” x 9”, raku clay, hand built solid, hollowed for firing, low fired, cold finish acrylic and wax
David Gilbaugh: Driftwood Fountain, 2008, sculpted fountain, 12”(W) x 22”(H), hand-built slab and coil, B-mix stoneware with grog, cone 10 reduction, iron, rutile, and cobalt oxide stains, Winokur Yellow, Temmoku
David Gilbaugh: Sycamore Teappot #1, 2010, sculpted teapot, 6” W X 8”D X 9”H, hand built with dowels, B-mix stoneware paper clay with grog, cone 10 reduction, black stain brushed in crevices, water washed iron and rutile stain over porcelain decorating slip
David Gilbaugh: Racemosa, 2011, sculpted teapot, 4”(W) x 11”(H) x 8”(D), hand-built slab, B-mix stoneware paper clay with grog, cone 10 reduction, black stain brushed in crevices, water washed iron and rutile stain
Permanent collection of the American Museum of Ceramic Arts
“10 Years of art and skill. From the idea to action and from this to the final product is a long and arduous journey for four hands.
We create and produce contemporary pieces with message.
Devoutly, seriously, exclusively, dangerously, carefully and - why not say it? - perfectly. Pieces that tell universal or personal stories, sad or happy ones, with horror by the easy effect, the déjà vu or the vain brightness.
Common denominator is almost always the ceramic and the pursuit of happy marriage between tradition and innovation.
Playing with fire is a tough one …
Those who closely follow this trip: Continue with us!
To those who have just arrived: Welcome!” THJané
Teresa & Helena Jané: Cónicos (series), 2002, ceramic, handmade face in low relief