in the R. A. Bryan Foundation, Inc. Gallery...
Ellen Ko: Chinese Brush Paintings
March 20 - June 16
Reception: Saturday, March 23, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Ms. Ellen Ma-Lin Ko started taking traditional Chinese brush painting as a child from two well-known professional artists in Taiwan, Lin Shen-Jean and Shao Yu-Huan. She has continued her practice of Chinese brush painting ever since her graduation from the World College of Journalism in Taiwan. Her artwork has been shown in several local art shows and art galleries here and in Atlanta. Her painting has been accepted in many juried shows and she has won many art awards and bank purchase awards.
Jennifer Siegel: "Turned On"
Exhibition: March 20 – June 16
An exhibition of pottery & ceramic art by Jennifer Siegel, the Crafts Center’s Clay Studio Manager
“Constantly challenging my personal balance between form and function,
I find that aesthetics, visual texture,
and negative space are three key factors to my work. Often, I dream in sketch with my eyes following the tip of a pencil as I get lost in bold lines and full bellies that loom and perch atop twisted feet. The passion I feel when I bring those details and private sketches to life is indescribable; to watch them spin in silky leather hard finality is the catalyst to my next piece.
While my heart belongs to salt and atmospheric firings, glazing in general carries little stress for me. Fire will burn and glazes will melt to fill textures and smooth into a choice of glassy candy coating. Utilitarian ware begs for crisp and clean surface while more sculptural pieces—the funky pieces—deserve more unique decisions. Ultimately, it is clay that moves me, often more than I move it. A recently developed obsession for turning paper clay, be it porcelain or stoneware, has captivated me with the strength it lends to immediate and often drastic alteration.
My hands seem so confident in focused moments; as if they have lived as an artist longer than I. Effortlessly creating aesthetic contours for virgin hands is a humble consideration that puts emphasis on touch. When people see my work I am always eager to hand it over and watch them experience beyond just looking. In time, perhaps by the end of my next decade, I hope to possess a workspace that allows me to create pots that may be too large to hold but instead invade space on a more monumental level.”
Between exhibitions, the windows usually display instructor examples for upcoming classes, craft guild exhibitions, and works for sale by Crafts Center artists.
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