Artist’s Reception: Friday, March 4, 2016 from 5-7pm MT
Closing Reception: Friday, April 22, 2016 from 5-7pm MT
Exhibition Posted Online: Monday, March 7 by 10am Mountain Time
For more information: 406-446-3993
“My love of ceramic history influences the pots I make, so I strive to encompass many ceramic techniques from around the world. I use the sgrafitto carving technique which was developed in the eastern Mediterranean in the 4th century. The images on their pots represented aspects of their everyday experiences. This idea of using scenes and icons from daily life has always been an integral part of my work. I use an English porcelain clay and to complete my pots I fire them in a salt kiln, a firing method developed in Germany in the 16th century. I am also influenced by Asian, English, Islamic and French pottery from different periods. I strive to encompass many ceramic traditions from around the world and from different parts of history in the pots I make. Using the reductive sgrafitto carving method enables me to add movement to the images on the surface of my pots. To further amplify this notion of lively animation I use the salt glaze firing method to activate the surface of my pots. This firing style promotes subtle color variations in the clay and applied glazes while also glazing the carved areas of my pots. The fire completes my process making each piece distinctive.”
Karen currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina where she continues to make pots full time in her home studio and at the vibrant River Arts District Studio and Gallery.