I first became aware of Colleen's wonderful work at Portland NCECA. Her work was in the EXPO and I HAD to have a piece. I was attracted to the illustrations of flowers and 'Indian' motifs on the inside of the cup. The plain nature of the exterior walls is a perfect counterpart to the inside. The cup I purchased is featured in two pix on the 2nd row.
Colleen is a KANSAN! AND went to Truman State in Missouri. YAY! local girls! She earned an MFA from Alfred, served as Artist-In-Residence at Harvard, taught at SE Missouri State, before moving to Elmira, New York. She is a full time potter and an adjunct at Corning Community College.
Her work is made from durable stoneware and embellished from top to bottom with imagery from all over the world. "Crafted from custom made plaster press molds and soft clay slabs I design unique one-of-a-kind table ware. An opaque layer of porcelain slip coats the dark clay to create a blank canvas for playful patterns skillfully executed using wax resist, colored slips and underglazes. Lastly, I draw the final outlines of the pattern drawing through the layers of color to reveal the rich brown clay beneath, a technique known as sgraffito. Transparent glaze colors are often filled in after the initial firing and some pieces may take a dip in a tin white glaze to highlight surface texture."
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