The Alabama Clay Conference, to be held in February, 2012 in Birmingham (and hosted by my husband, ceramic artist Scott Bennett) will feature three well-known ceramic artists who will give all-day demonstrations and exhibit their work.
Here is the work of Chris Gryder, one of the featured artists. I've included an article below about his work, a piece I wrote for Ceramics Monthly magazine, November 2006. I'll blog about the other two artists in the next couple days. Negative Impact The Work of Chris Gryder
Chris Gryder began his exploration
of art by studying architecture. A sincere and dedicated commitment to the
subject led to his acquaintance with artists, methods, and concepts that later
became the inspiration for his work in sculpture and clay. From the visionary
designs of Antonio Gaudi and the philosophy of Louis Sullivan to experimental
work in mold-making for architectural pieces, Gryder pieced together a singular
aesthetic and an uncommon process of sculpture-making…
Freud, Lucian (1922-2011). This German-born British painter was a grandson of Sigmund Freud. He was one of England's pre-eminent contemporary figurative painters. Aside from showing my students one of the best painters ever, I use his work as an example of excellence in treatment of skin tones. His non-apologetic style encourages my students to stretch the boundaries of contrast, use of color, and accuracy of rendering.