Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thinking about Colors and Patterns, Part 2

Work that inspires me:



I met Jennifer Allen when she taught a decal workshop in Helena, MT at the Archie Bray Foundation in 2007. The focus of the workshop was the making and application of decals - screen printed, laser printed, and commercial to various surfaces.





At some point one of the participants asked her to do a throwing demo because her forms are so intriguing. After being a studio assistant for Kris Bliss for four years, Jen has developed an efficient and beautiful process. She throws more quickly than anyone I have ever seen, and watching her demonstrate her technique was truly a pleasure.





Jen's process is, to me, a graceful example of combining form with color and pattern. By using slips, glaze and underglaze she makes gorgeous functional pieces of Art.

6 comments:

Little Bay Clay said...

Wow! those pieces are stunning!

CreativewithClay: Charan Sachar said...

Beautiful decoration.. Love the patterns and their distibution to balance the shape of the form.

Mystic Silks http:mysticsilks.etsy.com said...

Lovely pieces of pottery art!

I always think way into the future, that some archeologist will come upon our modern day pottery, and ooo, and ahhhhh over it---:)

foxpots said...

Love the forms and the decoration! There's something there that reminds me of Julia Galloway's work. Thanks for sharing!

Tins and Treasures said...

I love the colors in these. They could complement any decor. ~Natalie

Zephyr Valley Pottery said...

Jennifer makes amazing work, that's for sure. It's easy to see why she inspires me!