Pots for Membership

October 2017
Oct 4, 2017

It's our favorite time of month! At the beginning of the month we get to announce this month's featured Pots for Membership participants! 

Each month, Studio Potter features a small selection of artists and their work, which is available for sale in our online store for thirty days only. In exchange for the sale of their piece, the artist (or a chosen beneficiary) will receive a one-year free membership to the journal. 

Here are the October 2017 artists: 

Jessica BrandlJessicaBrandl

Jessica Brandl holds an MFA in Ceramics from The Ohio State University and a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute. This year she was recognized as one of six Emerging Artists at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.  Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including The Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, Unconventional Clay: Engaged in Change, and the NCECA Biennial Invitational, hosted at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Her most recent work investigates the vessel as canvas and sculptural container for expressing human pathos and sentiment.  

Jessica resides in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where she is the Artist-In-Residence for Alberta Collage of Art and Design. 

See more of Jessica's work at http://jessicabrandl.com/home.html

Check out Jessica's piece on our store Here

Melissa MyttyMelissaMytty

Melissa Mytty was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. She received her BFA in ceramics from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit in 2005 and her MFA in ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in 2007. She then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to be a resident artist at The Clay Studio until 2012. Mytty’s work focuses on the vessel, and she uses hand building techniques such as pinching, coiling, or slab building. Her work stems from her interests such as food, travel, graphic patterning, and fashion. Her work is at times boisterous, colorful, and heavily patterned, and at other times quiet and contemplative. Mytty creatively layers glaze to add depth to her forms, and adds gold luster accents for a touch of elegance. Mytty has exhibited nationally and is currently living and working in Collegeville, Pennsyvania.

Learn more about Melissa's work at http://www.melissamytty.com

Check out Melissa's piece on our store Here

Bede Clark BedeClark

Bede Clarke has been a Professor of Art at the University of Missouri since 1992.  He received his MFA from the University of Iowa and his BFA from Eckerd College.  Bede’s work is found in collections in the U.S. and abroad, including the University of Northern Arizona, Ichon World Ceramic Center, Racine Art Museum, Bermuda National Gallery and Martin Museum of Art.

Bede maintains a studio in Columbia, Missouri where he continues to explore both earthenware and wood-firing.  Recent exhibitions include:  Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, Otterbein University, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, and Red Lodge Clay Center. He has been a recipient of the Kansas City Artist Coalition’s, Lighton International Artist Exchange Award, 2007, the Sturt Australian Contemporary Craft Center Residency Award, 2007, the Fletcher Challenge Ceramic Award,1996, and the Kennedy Center Fellowship for Teachers of the Arts, 1987.

See more of Bede's work at http://www.bedeclarkestudio.com

Check out Bede's piece on our store Here

Sarah PikeSarahPike

Sarah Pike is a full-time ceramics artist living and working in Fernie, British Colombia, Canada. She studied ceramics at Alberta College of Art and Design, University of Colorado, and the University of Minnesota. Sarah was recently featured on the cover of Pottery Making Illustrated and is a member of the Canadian ceramic collective, Make & Do. Sarah is fascinated with textured clay and hand building techniques. If she isn’t making pots, she is probably out exploring the mountains around her home and spending time with her family.

I enjoy pottery that conveys personality, a slight air of attitude, that first step off the path. In that vein, my pots are never entirely symmetrical, as though they are leaning towards animation. One teapot leans into its ultimate pour, a cream jug leans back in a state of resistance, a mug sways off kilter like a half bottle of wine in the system. I like this static sense of energy in pottery.

See more of Sarah's work at http://www.sarahpikepottery.com

Check out Sarah's piece on our store Here!

Justin DonofrioJustinDonofrio

Justin Donofrio grew up in Santa Cruz, California, where he was introduced to pottery at Cabrillo Community College. He then joined a vibrant Colorado community of artists in the Roaring Fork Valley where he continued his clay education at Anderson Ranch, The Carbondale Clay Center, and the Studio for Arts and Works. He remained in Colorado to complete a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Colorado State University, Fort Collins in 2016. He is nationally represented and is an exhibiting artist and tour manager with the Artstream Nomadic Gallery in 2017 and 2018. Justin will be participating in Art of the Pot an Austin-based ceramics studio tour in the spring of 2018.

He currently maintains a full-time studio practice at Art 342 in Fort Collins. He says that the diversity of the front range of the Rockies lends itself to a balance between his love of rock climbing, the outdoors, and the arts. His palettes of color and form are drawn from the exquisite and enduring beauty of the alpine landscape. 

See more of Justin's work at http://justindonofrio.com

Check out Justin's piece on our store Here!

Martha Grover MarthaGrover

Martha Grover is a potter, living in Bethel, Maine. She creates thrown and altered porcelain pieces. She attended Bennington College in Vermont, where she received her undergraduate degree in architecture. Martha went on to receive her MFA in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, and can be found at galleries across the country. 

I work toward creating a sense of elegance for the user while in contact with each porcelain piece.  Reminiscent of orchids, flowing dresses, and the body, the work has a sense of familiarity and preciousness.  Transmitting desire - there is a sense of revealing and concealing.  Using a layering of details, the pieces catch our attention immediately and then the details draw us in, to make a closer inspection. 

See more of Martha's work at www.MarthaGrover.com 

Check out Martha's piece on our store Here

Want to find out more about the program or submit a piece of your own? 

Email sophie@studiopotter.org

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