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Hannah is in her senior year of a Bachelor's of Science program at Clemson with a major in Marketing and a minor in Art. Her focus is in ceramics and she enjoys working on the potter's wheel. Hannah reflects on her childhood years as a figure skater and her ceramic work is heavily influenced by this time of her life, saying "much of my work has elements of escapism and whimsy, where I create delicate forms that represent a state of reverie. I am very interested in the relationship between user and vessel and I try to create forms that create a special experience each time they are used." Hannah has been part of CSArt team since the start but this is her first time as a share artist!
As always, stay tuned for more!
Parker is in his senior year of Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Clemson University. His concentration is painting, but before he majored in art he studied marine biology for two years. Parker uses nature as a source for abstraction, saying "the two main facets of my art seek to understand how I as an individual relate to the natural world, and how society, or humanity, relates to the natural world. I am interested in different ways of thinking about nature." Along with painting, Parker also enjoys drawing and is excited about his hand-drawn artist booklet for his CSArt share piece which explores landscape and natural forms. He says, "both through observational rendering and using landscape as a jumping off point, I create abstract moments within a drawing."
Stay tuned for more!
Our Spring 2015 season of Clemson CSArt was successfully brought to a close! Pictured below are the Spring 2015 share artists Deighton Abrams, Lindsey Elsey, En Iwamura, Allison Rupprecht & Brittany Wilund with their corresponding share piece. We would like to extend a special thanks for our juror, Alan Ethridge, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Arts Council. Thanks are also due to the Creative Inquiry program, the Department of Art, and the Ceramics studio.
Here is quick clip of the initial throwing stages.
Brittany's bowls are thrown and altered on the wheel!
Here's a picture of the piece after it has been altered.
Brittany alters the lip of the bowl on the piece by splitting it first, very slowly and precisely while the wheel is turning. After the lip is split, she smooths out the double lip and then lifts up the outer one and presses it together at consistent intervals to create the delicate look below.
The Bowls have been bisqued and are ready to get glazed!
Here is a close up of some of the awesome results that the wood fire produced! Each one is a unique product of the wood kiln atmosphere.
Happy shareholder Susan Hilligoss holding her favorite bowl from the wood firing
Susan Hilligoss put some work in the 2015 Clemson Anagama Firing and so was able to get a sneak peak at the results at unloading! It was neat to have both share artists and shareholders working side by side.
En is Known Around the Studio as "Mr. Pinch"
En create's his share pieces, and all of his other work, through coil building and pinching. This pinching ranges from something smaller like the sharepieces to floor to sculptures that stretch all the way to the ceiling!
En's work is pinched, bisqued, and awaiting Underglaze Painting!
Some Examples of En's Larger Pieces
Here's En carefully painting those detailed pieces!
Painting his forms very intricately is a very signature part of En's work. En uses different colored underglazes to compliment the three dimensional forms and add another layer of meaning to his work.
A Glimpse at the Final Result!
Allison's pieces are wheel thrown and altered on the wheel. The first important step in her process is obtaining the silhouette for the piece. Next, she creates textured handles for the pieces and connects them before sending them off to bisque!
Allison's Precise Glazing in Action
Allison's Share Pieces in the Greenware Stage Awaiting Bisque!
Allison glazes her pieces first by pouring and dipping them to get an overall base, and then carefully uses a dropper to create unique the polka dots and stripes.
Here's What the Glazed Pieces Look Like Before They're Fired!
All That Precise Glazing Pays off in the End!
Allison fires her work in a gas reduction kiln in order to pull those pinks and reds into the final glaze result. Those precise small dots and lines melt and add a more organic atmosphere to these spunky pieces.
Lindsey Busy Building the Cage for the New Raku Kiln!
Lindsey has been working on building this new Raku kiln for the Clemson Ceramic Department this semester. Below, Lindsey is cutting up Kaowool to line the inside of the removable cage top of the kiln. The Kaowool is a heat resistant ceramic fiber blanket that will hold in the heat the same way a brick top would but allows for quick removal of the pieces at peak temperature.
The Raku Kiln in action!
The Raku Kiln Creates Unique and Unpredictable Glaze Atmospheres!
The pieces are glazed and put into Raku kiln that has an easily removable cage top [pictured above] and then taken out at the peak of firing. Taking the piece out of the kiln at a molten hot point and putting it in a closed metal container filled with newspaper causes an intense post-fire reduction that gives the pieces that beautiful intense glaze variation you see below.
Deighton begins his pieces on the wheel!
Deighton's detailed underglazing is an important part of his work!
Our inaugural, Fall 2014 season of Clemson CSArt was successfully brought to a close! Pictured above are the Fall 2014 artists (from left to right) Hallie Shafer, Brittany Wilund, Molly Fitz, Allison Rupprecht, Hannah Miller and Lindsey Elsey. See below for a sample of our Fall 2014 Clemson CSArt share pieces & artists.
To wrap up last season, we would like to express our gratitude to our first shareholders - President James Clements, CAAH Dean Richard Goodstein, Center for Visual Arts board members, current Clemson students and their families, Clemson alumni, Clemson faculty and staff, and regional art-supporters and collectors from across the Upstate! Thank you for believing in our student artists and new CSArt Program!
We also congratulate our talented Fall 2014 share artists, and extend a special thanks to our juror, Harriet Green, Visual Arts Director of the South Carolina State Arts Commission! Thanks are also due to the Creative Inquiry program, the Department of Art, and the Ceramics studio. Of course, none of this would have been possible without our first two teams of Creative Inquiry CSArt students, Rebecca Beaird (BFA '15), Molly Fitz (Marketing '14), Hannah Hunt (Marketing '16), Hannah Miller (BFA '14), Ryan Powers (BFA '14), Allison Rupprecht (Psychology '16), Hallie Shafer (BFA '16), Ella Wesly (BFA '16), Brittany Wilund (BFA '16), Ceramics graduate students Brent Pafford (MFA '14) and Lindsey Elsey (MFA '15), and finally our faculty leader Valerie Zimany, Assistant Professor of Art, Ceramics.
Fall 2014 Share drop-offs with CAAH Dean Richard Goodstein (above, left) and Department of Art Chair Greg Shelnutt (above, right)