We invited 4 red clay artists to attend the symposium and share a selection of their wonderful unique red earthenware pots.
Paul is a central Ohio ceramic artist and professor. He received his BFA in 1991 from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and his MFA in 2000 from West Virginia University. He has been an adjunct ceramics professor at Mount Vernon Nazarene University since 2001. Paul’s work is represented by the River Gallery in Rocky River, Ohio. His exhibition record includes a solo show at the Canton Museum of Art, in 2014, plus invitation exhibits at Cedar Creek Gallery’s National Teapot Show VII, VII, and IX; the Chautauqua Institution Ceramics Invitational Retrospective Exhibit; with juried shows including the 9th, 12th, 16th, 18th and 26th Strictly Functional Pottery Nationals, Utilitarian Ceramics National plus numerous other exhibitions. Paul’s pottery has been featured in Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated magazines, in addition to 500 Cups, 500 Plates and Platters, and 500 Teapots II by Lark Books.
Maria Dondero makes pots and teaches in Athens, Georgia where she lives with her husband and twin boys. She received her MFA from the University of Georgia in 2008 and now works as a studio potter and professor. In February 2016, Dondero started Southern Star Studio, a community ceramic center with space for artists to work and present their ceramics in the gallery. She exhibits her work and teaches nationally and internationally. Dondero’s pottery, marmalade pottery, focuses on kick wheel thrown functional pieces to be used everyday. Each piece is unique, with its own story to bring to your home. The pots are intended to be used daily, bringing a moment of lightness and reflection to a fast-paced modern world.The mid-range earthenware pots have an aesthetic that draws on the history of ceramics. While subtly referencing pottery traditions from around the world, Maria intuitively sketches images on her ceramic surfaces from her surroundings, grounding the pots in the Georgia soil.
Pattie grew up and went to art school in Winnipeg. She received her BFA in printmaking from the University of Manitoba in 1994, and her MFA in ceramics from the University of Minnesota in 2001. Since graduating she has exhibited in group exhibitions on five continents, in six countries and in thirty-one states. She has had eight solo exhibitions in the past thirteen years,most recently the exhibition “Every Day I think of You” at Red Lodge Clay Center, in Red Lodge Montana. Chalmers has taught at the University of Minnesota, Ohio University and at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where she is currently a professor. (Chalmers might be a little compulsive, and she definitely likes to laugh at her own jokes).