Jamie Bates Slone is a ceramic artist known for her figurative work in clay paired with with projected imagery as surface, as well as her experimental work in the casting of ceramic glazes. Her most recent work addresses the fragility of the human spirit in the midst of illness and loss in relation to her family’s history with cancer.
Constance McBride draws her inspiration from nature, dreams, family and personal experiences.
Art critic Brian Sherwin commented on her sculptures, remarking, “McBride’s sculptures remind us of the connection we share with nature. One could suggest that said connection has been distorted by technological advances - but it still exists. We need to ‘listen’ now more than ever." Sherwin adds, "McBride’s work allows viewers to reflect on that connection - her work invites viewers to think beyond human-made constructs.”
Susan Phillips (b. 1978) studied a BA (hons) in studio ceramics at Falmouth College of Arts between 1996-1999. She is now based in rural Herefordshire where she lives with her partner and 2 children on the Welsh/English border.
Born in New York City Kevork Cholakian attended classes at the Art Students League and the Fiorello La Guardia High School of Music and Art before earning a Bachelor of fine arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.
After graduation he began working in broadcast television as a graphic designer and later moved to Los Angeles to take a senior design director position in that field. After leaving television in 2010 to pursue his art fulltime Kevork also developed an interest in ceramics. His work focuses on sculpture related to his still life painting.
Lucy Gresley is currently in her 3rd year of BA Fine Art - Painting and Drawing at the University of Gloucestershire. Prior to entering full time art education in 2010, she was as a Clinical Psychologist, specializing in mental health for children and young people.
Appropriate means of creatively adapting to continual changes have been expressed though practices of art, architecture, science and technology. In this new body of ceramic works, entitled “Tectonic Perceptions”, the intentions are incorporating methodologies and theories from the mentioned practices to create a “new nature” in structural design for ceramic objects. The pieces seek to celebrate the versatility of clay with an aim of fostering new realizations of architectural space. Travels throughout Asia and an array of rich cultural experiences in China have brought about new realizations within the artist’s mind and perceptions of cultural identity, history and space.
These relationships have allowed the artist to explore relationships between the strong elements of tradition and modern identities rapidly evolving around the world. Explorations of these interrelationships and the intentions of the maker and his material have led to the new structural ceramic designs. Through his aspired process of invention, it is the artist’s intent to find a natural form by staying true to chosen materials and their inherent properties. The artist is in pursuit of finding and establishing a formal vocabulary that allows sculptural vessels to exhibit qualities of both unique and handcrafted objects of traditional cultures with that of machine made and mass-produced objects of our contemporary society.
Brian Kakas is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Northern Michigan University. He received his MFA in ceramics from The University of Notre Dame in 2007.