Birdie Boone – Red Lodge Clay Center

Birdie BooneMeadowview, Virginia

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Birdie Boone is a maker of pots and researcher of the domestic realm, especially of social tendencies and their effects on personal identity with regard to food and modern lifestyle. She currently lives and maintains her practice as a studio potter in southwestern Virginia. Birdie holds a BA in Studio Fine Arts from The College of William and Mary in Virginia (1994) and an MFA in Artisanry/Ceramics from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (2005) and was notably a long- term artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation from 2007 to 2009.

Teaching: Adjunct Instructor, Emory & Henry College, VA (1998-2002/2010-2011); TA (Instructor of Record), UMassDartmouth, MA (2003); Instructor, Worcester Center for Crafts, MA (2005-2007), Instructor, Archie Bray Foundation, MT (2008-2009); Adjunct Instructor, Carroll College MT (2008); Instructor, Santa Fe Clay, NM (2010). Workshops: Anderson Ranch (2014); Haystack Mtn. School of Crafts (2015); Idyllwild Arts (2016); Penland School (2016); Arrowmont School (2016).

My ceramic dishes are minimal objects; they are understated and are, at times, even overlooked. Invest a little time with them and you will discover subtle elements that form the dialect by which I translate what I observe around me. My intent is to address the significance of domestic experiences through the honesty of simply composed forms and thoughtfully developed glazes. There are no unnecessary details; every element is carefully considered. An individual, family, or community may be rendered through soft, volumetric forms and
transparent glaze applied over an opaque slip discloses the clay beneath; these collaborate to create a complex visual depth replete with connotations. This sense-full ideology requires only that the user be open to its possibilities. Thus, my pots are not only useful objects, they are also subjects that have the ability to affect their users’ sensibilities and to act upon the domestic spaces they occupy.