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surfing with helen bates - march 21, 2006 - usa

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Helen Bates on tue 21 mar 06

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Surfing with Helen Bates - March 21, 2006 - USA

Ian Anderson (Ianworks Design) (Westbrook, ME, USA)
(MFA show entitled "M3: Monument, Message, Materialism" using handmade
tiles, and slip-cast bowls. Surface treatment includes relief letters
and ceramic decals) (Earlier work was not entirely political but the
progression in that direction goes as far back as 2001.)
(Anderson now teaches undergraduate ceramics at Maine College of Art.)

Ben Owen (Signature Shop, Atlanta, GA, USA)
(Some fine vessels by Ben are on view.)
(See also work by Glen Dair, Stephen Hawks, Shane Mickey, Michael
Schmidt, and Sandy Simon.)

Troy Schmidt (Red Dragon Pottery) (Santa Barbara, CA, USA)
(Delicate porcelain miniature vessels thrown on a regular-sized
potter's wheel to a 1-inch scale, and normal-sized functional and
decorative stoneware with carved celtic designs.)

Amy Bower and Ralph Scala (Santa Fe, NM, USA)$catalog.Oem=Amy+Bower
(Bower and Scala collaborate in making functional wheel-thrown
earthenware pottery with a contemporary look. Formed by Scala, they
are individually hand-decorated by Bower, whose use of vivid colors and
rich textural approach makes for a good-looking product.)
Bower's / Scala's work at the American Craft Council: Baltimore
Wholesale Market 2005 website:
There are a score or more of other potters whose work is shown on the

Ellis, Melody (Born in Scotland; lives in Edwardsville, IL, USA)
(Ellis's work using earthenware tiles and figures explores social
behavior and the natural world through human and animal imagery. Some
of her inspiration is rooted in morality tales and narrative art forms
found in Italian majolica and medieval stained glass as well as more
modern objects such as antique dolls, handmade wooden toys, and other
"aging curiosities.")


Helen Bates (Belleville, Ontario, Canada)
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