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.


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 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!