December Pots for Membership
Why not do some of your holiday shopping at Studio Potter this year? In celebration of the season, we're pleased to present five Pots for Membership artists this month! Each artist has a pot for sale in our online shop. Support these talented artists and your favorite non-profit (wink, wink) by purchasing a pot; the artist will receive a free one-year subscription to Studio Potter journal. Want to ship your purchase as a gift? Let Jess know by e-mailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately after your purchase. Read on below to get to know our December 2018 artists.
Chanakarn "Punch" Semachai
Janimarie Lester DeRose
Janimarie Lester DeRose is a ceramic artist living in Logan, Utah, a quiet university town, nestled in the Rocky Mountains.
She states, “My studio, Salty Peach Pottery, is the place where I tune all excess out and fully center in the making process. Creating art is a practice that connects artist to land and self. My work references the natural world; the curve of my brush line echos the heavy drape of a berry laden branch, or the curved belly of the bowl cupping the enclosed space like a birds’ nest. My intention is to bring a daily interaction of simplicity, and beauty around the most joyous place in the home, the kitchen table.”
Brianna Shimer is based in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, where she is Studio Technician for the Ceramics Department at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Born and raised in Stewartsville, New Jersey, Brianna earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in New York. Prior to moving to Edinboro, Brianna worked at MT Burton Gallery, Surf City, NJ as a Resident/Teaching Artist.
As a studio potter, Brianna creates functional ceramics from a practice of repetition. She creates simple forms on the wheel then alters them by pushing the interior and exteriors to create organic profiles reminiscent of floral shapes. Brianna states, “the surfaces I create allude to the idea of landscape and nature at a distance, I use floral elements and lines to relate to the exploration of nature at a closer perspective.”
Nick Sevigney lives in New Hampshire with his family, where he is an Associate Professor of Art at Plymouth State University. He's taught in higher education since 1996, after graduating from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with his MFA degree.
Nick states, "Growing up in Wells, Maine, created my earliest interests in the ocean. The ocean is vast, timeless, and ages everything from steel to stone. My family lived a short walk from the Atlantic and I could see it from my bedroom window.
Forms and textures from the ocean, the anatomy of specific species of insects and flowers, science fiction movies, the trompe l’oeil aspect of Yixing tea ware, discarded coffee cup lids, exhaust vents and distressed and dilapidated metal, are textures breaking through the surfaces of my work. These loaded images speak of the daily wear on manmade “disposable” products that remain in the environment for centuries. Like an ancient broken or damaged relic, I want to encourage the viewer to explore and question the potential function of each piece, and to evoke a sense of timelessness, leaving the viewer wondering if it is from the future or of the past."