May Pots for Membership
This month, we're pleased to be featuring two talented young artists. Their work avaliable for purchase in our online shop. In exchange for the sale of their work, the artist will receive a one-year membership to the journal. Want to be featured in our Pots for Membership program? Get the details here, and email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply!
Sam Lopez is a potter living and teaching in San Diego, California. Born and raised in the small dairy farm town of Mira Loma, Sam grew up working in his dad’s leather workshop and his grandfather’s wood workshop. Working in these spaces, he established a love for making objects by hand and making objects of utility, which continues to be Sam’s primary focus in his ceramics. In 2017, Sam received his MFA from San Diego State University and is looking to begin adjunct teaching at local community colleges as he outfits his home studio.
“The beauty of pottery is that there is no right or wrong answer as to where a pot belongs. I have steadily worked to put myself and my process into a continued state of exploration where color, form, function, and tactility are working together in the production of consciously crafted utilitarian objects."
Jessica Wolinski is a ceramic artist based in her hometown of West Hartford, Connecticut. Jessica earned her BFA from Alfred University in 2016. After graduation, she remained at Alfred as the clay store assistant for the "Grinding Room" and as a studio assistant to Matt Metz. She then completed the special student program at Hartford Art School in West Hartford, Connecticut, and was a winter 2019 Artist-in-Residence at Penland School of Arts and Crafts, Penland, North Carolina. Wolinski will begin her MFA studies at Rochester Institute of Technology in Fall of 2019.
"Drawing and music influence the pots I make. The connection with throwing, working on a wheel, to playing an instrument and drawing has catered each skill-set to be utilized within the other. From music, intuition and subtleties come to play. From drawing, forms can be easily realized and options for treating the surface can be readily explored."