The Clay Connection LLC
714 E Sprague Ave
Spokane, Washington 99202
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Monday 2 to 6 pm
Tuesday - Thursday 10 to 6pm
Friday - Saturday 10 to 5pm
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I create because it gives me freedom to express what I see and experience. When I was little I had a great art teacher who taught me to see.. Seeing for an artist is different than seeing in general. You have to see what is there not what you think is there. That helps you imitate life. I have always been very critical of myself and my work and if it did not meet my standards I would just start over. I loved to paint and draw but I was always trying to imitate what I saw so there were boundaries with what I saw. I was also a very messy artist, paint was always everywhere! So when I was introduced to beads a new world opened up. My only boundaries are the shape of the beads. The colors were endless and the mess was small and in my lap. I bead everywhere. I have even taken them to the golf course and sat in the cart while my husband was playing and made stuff.. I got lots of looks.
Other art forms I work with include Fused Glass and Ceramic Sculpture and Pottery. Glass work gives me the opportunity to work with a multitude of colors and is functional and artistic at the same time. As an instructor I find inspiration through my students work and great satisfaction in their success. Ceramic Sculpture and Pottery allows me a greater freedom to create in 3 dimensional form. It is a meditative process that is both calming and fulfilling.
Please Visit the Clay Connection Gallery to view Kelly's work and meet the artist!
Spokesman Review -http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/jul/27/feat-of-clay/
The simple truth - I am driven to express myself through clay. My favorite tool is my hands. I do not have to think about what to create...I have thousands of ideas. It’s a matter of melding with the clay while pulling from my subconscious world and bringing it into this world. My work is created to give a glimpse of the sub-real world that exists in my mind. My pieces are snapshots rather than “a written story”. I want the viewer to interact with the piece and create their own interpretation. It is like two forms of energy that meet in the void between the work and its creator, and those who view and interact with the piece thus creating a third reality. I am primarily self-taught though I have received great inspiration and mentoring from Sami Perry, Liz Bishop, Colleen Clark Loomer, and last, but not least, Mardis Nenno.
As a ceramics instructor I teach form
& technique and prefer a "think
outside the box" atmosphere. I strive to provide inspiration, with the
philosophy that each person will find their own process and style unique to
Clay has been on my mind since helping at a Summer pottery class in 1975 while in college. I then put it on the back burner until I jumped right into a class with my late mentor Denny Young in the Fall of 2010 at the Clay Connection. The challenges from Denny and my current teacher Kyle Patterson make it a pleasure to be a part of the Clay Connection Family.
PS: Thank you all Clay Connection members for your constant encouragement and inspiration! Visit the Clay Connection Gallery to view Rob's work and meet the artist!