Jeanne deFrance - Showing Artist

Born and raised in New Orleans, Jeanne deFrance was influenced early in life by the pottery of Newcomb College. After retiring from a long career in banking, Ms. deFrance began studying ceramic art in Thibodaux, Louisiana, at Nichols State University under Dennis Sipiorsky, Jean Donegan and Jeff Brown. Now a potter of sixteen years and resident of Huntsville, pottery is a steadfast passion of Jeanne's. Her favorite forms are small wheel thrown utilitarian pieces that call out to be picked up and enjoyed daily. Jeanne also enjoys the freedom of making larger somewhat irregular shapes on personally made plaster molds. Jeanne utilizes the large free form pieces like a canvas for experimenting with glaze combinations that create unusual landscape and visual illusions. Jeanne states that her work reflects the forces of life such as tension, calm, struggle, change, harmony, perseverance and, just being. Jeanne participates in various art festivals in Alabama. Her work is available in Huntsville stores such as the Little Green Store and Gallery and the Kaffeeklatsch.

Adam Snyder - Showing Artist

"I moved to Alabama from Vermont five years ago; there, I was an alternative education school social worker, and pottery was my creative outlet.

"I believe that functional pieces should be beautiful, and I do my best to make them that way. I work mostly on the potter's wheel with fantastic porcelain, but I also use white stoneware to make pieces that might need to be a bit tougher.

"It's hugely satisfying to have my work enjoyed and appreciated by people in many places, and since pottery can last a lifetime if taken care of, I know that people who purchase my work will be able to enjoy them for many years!" There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.

Becky Bolton - Showing Artist

At the age of three when my mother gave me some modeling clay to play with, my affinity with this malleable substance was immediate. My imaginings could take shape in real space. During my senior year, 1973, at Vestavia Hills High School this love of clay was reawakened by an artist-in-residence in our new art room containing a potter's wheel and kiln. Throughout my college years I took art courses along with my major science courses every semester, receiving an Interdisciplinary BS at the University of Alabama/New College. There I developed my clay artistry and formulated glazes, so in my senior year I began to make a career in clay. As a self-employed clay artist I have exhibited at many regional art shows over the years, with occasionally gallery showings. Fall 2015 the University of Montevallo hired me as an Adjunct Art Professor for teaching ceramics. Presently (2016) my clay art can be purchased year-round at Blue Phrog Gallery in Montevallo, AL. My career in clay has spanned forty years.

Lynette Hesser - Showing Artist

"As a ceramic artist, I derive the designs in my work from floral and geometric images and patterns. I create the designs by carving into the surface of the piece or with three-dimensional embellishments. By capturing the essence of flowers, I relate the position and the type of flowers, scenes, or patterns to the shape of each piece. Recreating exact replicas of the individual plants is not important as I add my creative touch, design, and details to each piece.

"Whether they become flowers, leaves, fungus, mushrooms, seaweed, or imaginary plants as wall sculptures or functional serving pieces, the work brings a sweet sense of satisfaction to me to visually enjoy and use. An added benefit is that they never require weeding!" There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.

Daphne F. Kelly - Showing Artist

Daphne's love of nature and the ocean inspires her choice of glazes and intricate designs on her handmade necklaces, earrings and sculptures. "Some of my most memorable moments as a child was at the ocean's edge. The sound of the ocean's waves is reminiscent of the earth breathing, I feel like I'm really breathing, really alive, when I'm creating new work." There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.

Diane Walls - Showing Artist

Diane Walls grew up in the Tampa Bay area, in a family with a deep appreciation for art and design. After earning her B.A. degree in Visual Communications at Florida State University in 1979, she had an extensive graphic design career. Work led her to New York City, Tampa, and Atlanta. She worked as an art director at several advertising agencies and then operated her own graphic design studio for over 20 years. All the while, she also made pottery, avidly taking many clay classes as a side interest.

Diane currently works full time in the world of clay. She creates functional pottery for cooking and dining, and other one-of-a-kind architectural pieces for the home and garden. There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.

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Barbarann Beckett-Gaines - Showing Artist

Barbarann Beckett-Gaines is a mathematician and computer scientist who fell in love with clay. Now retired from the faculty at Jefferson State Community College, she is Artist in Residence at the Spain Park High School in Hoover, where she works with students in the school's Park Gallery.

"In recent years I have enjoyed hand building and decorating my pieces with my personally designed stamps related to my favorite subject (guess what?) as you can see in this photo. This is not an artist's statement to tell you how to interpret my work. Anyone with eyes can see that it is non-functional and decorative. My goal is to produce a smile on your face when you look at it." There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.

Steve Loucks - Showing Artist

"My ceramic work is divided between utilitarian pottery and glorified vessels. My functional, utilitarian pottery is elegantly or whimsically designed to perform with ease and delight making using it a special and pleasurable experience. My glorified vessels are based upon functional vessels that abandon utilitarian concerns for a more sculptural approach. The pieces are glazed with multiple layers of glazes that are medium to high-fired in a reduction or oxidation atmosphere.

"I enjoy making utilitarian pottery for everyday use in the home or business. I install bathroom and kitchen tile work and make outside, ceramic decorative elements for the home or business." There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.

Corinne Cox - Showing Artist

"I am a Birmingham native that moved around and has come back to Alabama. I studied Communication Arts at Florida State, lived and worked in Atlanta then San Francisco, and now call Wedowee, Alabama, home. I enjoy making whimsical ceramic sculptures. My spinning head candle lanterns are low fired with colorful Raku glazes that are mystical, unpredictable and exciting. Each head lantern begins from a mold of my face so I claim that there is a little 'corinnespin' in every piece." There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.

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Paveen Beer Chunhaswasdikul - Showing Artist

Paveen Chunhaswasdikul ("Beer" for short) was born in Thailand. He came to the US to study English at Gadsden State Community College in 1985. After graduation, he attended Jacksonville State University and while there, discovered pottery in an art class taught by Steve Loucks. After successful business ventures, he set up a small studio in 2002 and is now a full-time potter.

"My goal is to make pottery that is expressive and fun. All of my pottery is wheel-thrown and hand built. I do not cast nor use a mold of any kind. I make my own tools and formulate my own glazes. While designing and making functional pottery is fun and enjoyable for me, nothing gives greater pleasure than watching someone pick up one of my pieces to examine it and then smile their approval." There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.

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Kevin Irwin - Showing Artist

"I work in various mediums including flame worked glass, ceramics, jewelry design and construction, pen, ink and water color paintings. Practicing in different mediums allows me to explore many types of styles, materials, textures and dimensions. I have attended summer workshops but am primarily self taught.

"If I had to define how my Art effects my life, I would say that it leads me to beauty, joy and laughter which I want to share with others And, it is the language I speak best." There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.

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Cindy Miller - Showing Artist

Cindy studied art at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and eventually spawned a career in graphic design and multimedia development. Cindy enrolled in a silversmith class while living in Colorado and began applying her skills to jewelry design. Traditional silver work soon lead to the discovery of Precious Metal Clay (PMC) and quickly became Cindy's medium of choice. Cindy has been working with metal clay since 2005. As part of the Metal Clay Master's Registry she has earned the level of Masters Level II. There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.

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Jayne Harrison - Showing Artist

Jayne Harrison is an award winning sculptor who lives, works, teaches, and shows in the Birmingham area. She is the Artist in Residence at Hoover High School. Her work can be found at Cobb Lane Gallery and Four Season's Gallery.

"My work incorporates age-old materials and techniques translated into a modern statement reflecting my life and loves. I love being involved in every aspect of production from inspiration to finished piece. Each work is hand sculpted with the emphasis on 'hand.' My work shows my thumbprints. Clay is a lasting medium. Shards of pottery and sculptural work are found where ancient man has lived. Clay records the textures I impose on it from the world around me, and those imprints will be preserved after I am gone." There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.

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