Thursday, May 05, 2016

Coral Reefs by artist and diver Chris Campbell

Chris began taking pottery classes in Atlanta, Georgia in 1988 and moved to Raleigh, NC in 1991where she attended a workshop on colored clay taught by Jane Peiser, a fabulous NC colored clay artist. She has spent all the years since that week immersed in the endless possibilities of color in porcelain.
At Carolina Creations she is showing her reef series.

Chris talks about how she got started. For one thing she has over 400 dives from all over the world. 
"This adventure began quite simply …  I was watching a pottery demo by Yoshitaka Hasu at the North Carolina Potters Conference in March and decided to try his hand building technique with a large volume of clay.
By mid-April, I had about 60 lbs of clay ( and growing ) on my workshop table morphing into a Coral Mound destined for my garden. Once I saw it was going to be a Reef, I decided make make other smaller sandy looking coral outcrops.
Then, of course, I needed fish …
and sponges …
and anemones ...
and seashells  ..
Now the project is done and ready to install … except the small coral mounds are too wonderful to put outside in  my garden … at the mercy of the elements. Finding good homes is the next step. So I contacted my friend Jan Francoeur at Carolina Creations to see if she thought anyone in New Bern would be interested, she said YES!!

Business Administration, Ryerson College, Toronto, Canada
Colored Porcelain – Jane Pieser, Penland, North Carolina 
Line and Surface – Rimas VisGirda, Champaign, Illinois 
Hand built forms – Kathy Triplett, North Carolina 
Surface Decoration – Linda Arbuckle, University of Florida 
Surface Considerations – Lana Wilson, Del Mar, California 
Designs for Function – Pete Pinnell, Lincoln, Nebraska 
Wood firing – Ben Owen III, Seagrove, North Carolina 
Hand building Tricks– Vince Pitelka, Smithville, Tennessee 
Surface Treatments – Steve Howell, Gainesville, Florida 
Colored Porcelain Tiles – Ro Mead, Colorado 
Functional Wares – Cynthia Bringle, Penland, North Carolina
2008 - 20012 Executive Board of Potters Council
2009 - 2011 President of Potters Council 
2011 - 2012 - Past President of Potters Council
SAS Institute, Raleigh, North Carolina 
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 
Clayworks, Melbourne, Australia

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