Red Lodge Clay Center – Short-Term Resident 2019
Allee Etheridge is a functional potter from Dallas, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree in Creative Writing with minors in Studio Art and Japanese from Southern Methodist University. After graduating, she moved to the almost microscopic island of Yuge in Ehime Prefecture, Japan, to teach English. She lived there for two years, and while in the area, spent time learning about and appreciating both the Bizen pottery and the Tobe porcelain that were produced near her. Since returning to the US, Allee has developed her ceramic work both in the functional realm and in the sphere of performance art. She creates pots that bring beauty into everyday life, and she also produces large installation/performance pieces at the local renaissance festival. Allee has exhibited her work all across the US and was recently the short-term resident artist at Clay Arts Vegas. During her stay in Las Vegas, she explored the local brothels and spoke with some full-service sex workers in order to improve the content of her erotic pottery. She currently works out of her home studio.
Throughout time, dining has always been viewed as a sensual experience. Food and drink ignite the senses, and the flowers on the dining table add another layer of sensuality. Flowers are literally the sex organ of the plant. By drawing graphic and erotic sexual scenes on food and flower vessels, I seek to highlight the sensuality inherent in the dining experience. In addition, I throw almost all my work on the potter’s wheel, which is in itself a sensual act of movement and touch: the clay slips through my fingers and responds to my caress. The sexual imagery bridges the gap between the slippery sensuality of creation and the aromatic experience of eating. Furthermore, both sharing a meal and having sex are highly intimate experiences; I combine both acts into one in all my work. The gold on the surface of each pot emphasizes the preciousness and complexity of human sexuality and grants each piece an elegant finishing touch.