Susan Anderson

Estes Park, CO

Ceramics

I have always been a maker of things. My parents are from a long line of Appalachian craftspeople, and my childhood was spent learning from them. We made our clothes, Christmas presents, Christmas decorations, and countless knitted and crocheted and quilted and wooden craft projects. We grew much of our own food in a giant garden back of the house, Also in the back yard was a huge oak where Daddy built a tree house.  It was my refuge, a place for reading, where my younger brother and sisters could not find me. That tree house is where my boyfriend proposed to me in 1965, and still, more than 50 years later, being outdoors is our favorite place – hiking and biking and camping and traveling the wild places of the earth.

I began working in clay 43 years ago, just after the birth of my youngest child. I loved the magic of functional pots emerging from spinning wheel. When I was taking classes for my Masters Degree at UNC, my work became more sculptural, but I still have a fascination with the functional.

While living in Bhutan, I discovered the tradition of Spirit Houses; before a house or a business is built, a small house is built, a place for the land spirits to live while the land is disturbed.  My “Colorado Spirit Houses,” are inspired by that tradition, a place for rest, both metaphorical and spiritual.

My influences are family and nature and travel. It is my goal to create pieces that are evocative of an attitude of partnership and of reverence and mystery and devotion.  I seek to create art that celebrates life with joy and beauty.

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Lisa Arata

Greeley, CO

Mixed Media

I think about what my wrist feels like drawing and what I feel like coloring.  I draw the lines, then often a colored line to make an interesting relationship with the colors I fill in.  I often try to create a popping effect by putting cold and warm hues up against each other.  I seek randomness.  I obey the very next thought that comes to me.  I love sheen and sparkle, so many pieces get touches of sparkle paint added in.

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Cate Austin

Loveland, CO

Ceramics

I create ceramic works of art with a subtlety of form, obvious function and delicate surface design. I strive to make pottery that brings elegance, sophistication, and merriment to the everyday. I am inspired by the islamic textiles, quilting, stitching and old world french tea sets. I use repetitive shapes to create overall patterns,  the lack of a defined focal point throughout a piece leads one to appreciate the work as a whole. From a distance these rhythmic patterns seem to be without flaws, but upon closer inspection slight imperfections of those patterns can be found. These flaws demonstrate a quality that only handmade items have.

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Rodney Barnes

Evans, CO

Ceramics

 

Bruce Barrie

Greeley, CO

Ceramics

I grew up like most people, never having held something hand-made. My life experiences now has me say: I believe that hand-made objects can help us as people, to know that thought, care, dedication and magic should be part of our daily lives, like the object we see, hear or touch. Pottery, like all of the arts, brings us closer to the magic of being human.

At the present time, I am living much of the year in Korea. It has had a big impact on everything I think about. The visual contrast, the culture, food, color choices – it is often overwhelming. The positive side is that I am reconsidering the pottery that I make; both the form and the application to functionality. Korea has a long history of fabulous ceramics. I see a wider range of colors within what was a single color- wow! look how many more greens and blues there are. I feel an extension of both boldness and of subtlety.  The many side dishes for kimchee have brought to mind a variety of ideas. I am thinking of soy containers, soju cups, the many banchan dishes and small lidded jars. I look forward to making new an interesting vessels and containers.

Danyelle Butler

Greeley, CO

Ceramics

My name is Danyelle and I have been working in clay since 2008.  I attended the University of Northern Colorado where I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts, concentration in Ceramics.  This is also where I met my husband, Jared, right next to me in our wheel throwing course!  We live and work in our home studio in Greeley and are so thankful to have our work space and equipment right at home.  

When I am not creating in clay you can usually find me making something else.  I love to scrapbook, collage, sew, crochet, weave, and embroider.  My love for fibers, textile, and crafts is a passion that has evolved into the themes of my ceramic work.  I also love a good cup of coffee in the morning, reading my favorite blogs, an episode or two of my favorite shows, bartending at the Kress Cinema in downtown Greeley, and spending lots of time with my sweet family and dogs.  

 

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Katie Caro

Greeley, CO

Painting

 

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Tess Jones

Greeley, CO

Paper & Metal

 

With a father who taught himself silver work and a mother who taught us the correct installation of a zipper, I was destined to be a maker of things.  With a need to document my thoughts and wonderings, and an obsession with the turning of pages I have grown into a book person who can hardly stop myself from creating just one more journal, in hopes that the private space will inspire someone to remember, imagine, resolve, dream,  cogitate.

Jim Klingman

Greeley, CO

Ceramics

I grew up in Nebraska and went to college at the University of Northern Colorado. where I got my bachelor's degree in art and a teaching certificate. I studied ceramics with Herb Schumacher and DickLuster. I went to graduate school at UNC and also took courses at Loretto Heights under Nan and Jim McKinnell. After graduate school, I set up my first studio in Greeley, Co. I have moved and expanded my studio three times, I have been making pots now for over thirty years and still live in Greeley. I make mostly functional porcelain pots. At one time I made about half of my work in non functional earthenware. I do a lot of glaze testing and experimentation in an effort to keep my work looking fresh. I keep an optimistic outlook on my work and always believe that my next kiln load will be the best I have ever done.

Susan Haskins

Greeley, CO

Oil

Susan Haskins of Greeley, Colorado studied art and business at the University of Northern Colorado. She has also studied painting in Ponte, Italy as well with professional  painters such as Dean Bowlby, Jody Goodwiine, Hollis Wilford, Mark Daily and Skip Whitcom.

Haskins is an oil painter concentrating on landscape focusing on the "plein air" (french term meaning open air on location). She has also done portraiture, sculpture and three Loveland transformer boxes. "The en plein air technique is my favorite because it lends itself to a fresh look, not over worked. The completed painting or study is usually finished in 1-2 hours because of the quickly changing light and shadows." 

Susan is a member of: Madison and Main Gallery, Plein Air Artists of Colorado, Glenwood Springs Artist Guild and the Gilpin County Artists Association.