Pots for Membership

April 2018
Apr 11, 2018

Introducing our April Pots for Membership Program! 

We've returned from this year's NCECA with a new spring in our step! We're more than happy to welcome this month's Pots for Membership artists, who we think are all the buzz. Treat your loved one (or yourself!) to a special piece of handmade ceramics in April, and the artist will be gifted with a subscription to Studio Potter journal—a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year.

Learn more about our Pots for Membership program at studiopotter.org/membership/pots-membership.

Here are our featured artists this month:

Jennifer Ling Datchuk Jennifer Datchuk, 2018.

Jennifer Ling Datchuk was born in Warren, Ohio, and currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas. Trained in ceramics, her works often use a myriad of materials ranging from porcelain to fabric or embroidery. Datchuk holds a M.F.A. in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and a B.F.A. in Crafts from Kent State University. She has received grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio as well as Artpace San Antonio to research the birthplace of porcelain in Jingdezhen, China. 

In 2016, she was awarded a residency through the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany, and was a Black Cube Nomadic Museum Artist Fellow. Recently, she completed a residency at the European Ceramic Work Center in the Netherlands and was awarded the Emerging Voices Award from the American Craft Council.

As the child of a Chinese immigrant and grandchild of Russian and Irish immigrants, the family histories of conflict she has inherited are a perpetual source for her work, which explores the emotive power of domestic objects and rituals that fix, organize, soothe, and beautify our lives. 

My work has always dealt with identity, with the sense of being in-between, an imposter, neither fully Chinese nor Caucasian. I have learned to live with the constant question about my appearance: “What are you?"  "Pussy Power Cup" is a statement of resistance and feminism, and a way to give back. The Porcelain Power Factory reclaims the past lives of objects to raise the social awareness of causes that we need to fight for. Motivated by Trump's body-shaming and brags of sexual assault, this work is made to empower women's movements. 

Check out Jennifer's piece in our store Here

See more of Jennifer's work at https://jenniferlingdatchuk.com

Meghan Yarnell MeghanYarnell

Meghan Yarnell received her B.F.A. from Bowling Green State University in 2005. She has been teaching art at Perrysburg Junior High in Ohio since 2006. Her work is inspired by human interaction and its encroachment on the natural world. She aims for her work to inspire thought while it is being used. 

From the delicate shell of a Chinese lantern plant, to the slow spiral fall of a maple seed pod, nature is amazing, intriguing, and inimitable.

At the same time, I am disheartened by the increasing encroachment of humans on nature. Our interactions with the natural world are quickly becoming more and more intrusive and irreversible. In a culture that values quantity and profit over quality, green lawns over clean water, and convenience over sustainability, I find myself more and more enamored of the intricacies of the natural world.

In my work, I combine images of nature with patterns inspired by suburban sprawl, topography, and technology. I create functional pottery because I love the idea that art can be both beautiful and useful. I like to think that my work is subtly infused with enough meaning to inspire thought while it is being used. 

Check out Meghan's pieca in our store Here and Here

See more of Meghan's work at www.meghcallie.com 

Bean & Bailey Bean&Bailey

Bean and Bailey Ceramics is a southern duo producing small-batch functional porcelain pots. Anderson Bailey has been involved in the clay world since his teenage years. He learned to hone his skills working for other artists and craftspeople. Since moving to Chattanooga, Tennessee, he works full-time making and selling handmade functional ceramics. Jessie Bean has been working with her hands since she was young. After years of working for other glass artists, seamstresses, and farmers, she realized her need to be creative as a living. Their mutual interests in process and aesthetics have brought them together to create a product line of slip-cast, functional wares.

 Our contemporary slip-cast ceramics address the needs for containing, serving, consuming, displaying, growing, and showing. We use colored porcelain slip to construct both subtly organic forms, as well as faceted vessels inspired by natural crystals and gems.

Check out Bean & Baileys pieces in our store Here and Here

See more of their work at http://www.beanandbaileyceramics.com 

Want to join our Pots for Membership program?

Learn more here,

or email sophie@studiopotter.org.

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