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LowellArts Gallery

Jan 6 to Feb 17, 2024

About the Artists

 

Neven Allan

A retired high school art teacher, Neven Allan’s ceramic work is defined by her love of natural objects, form, and textures. She enjoys the diversity of styles, both functional through traditional firing and wood firing as well as non-functional through the process of raku. She loves the process of raku firing and the serendipitous results, and her current raku work explores thrown vessels with decorative, feet, handles and organic forms.

Joy Belanger 

I love the peace I feel while creating. Whether I am making functional or sculptural work I use my intuition as a guide in texture and color placement. Sometimes the energy is flowing without much conscious thought and other times it is a slower process of contemplation. Almost always I look at a finished piece and wonder about where it came from. 

 

Jerry Berta 

I have been a studio clay artist since 1975, making a wide variety of objects from diner with neon to collectible tiki mugs. I will be presenting a workshop at NCECA 2024 titled Dirty #D Done Dirt Cheap. 

Judy Bergman 

Judy is an almost-retired attorney. She finds peace and solace in playing with clay when it’s cold and gardening when it’s warm. Her other artistic interests include encaustic painting, felting and paper/book making. 

Mary Doezema 

I have been a potter since 1972. I taught pottery and made my own work from that time. Working with the raku process has been a wonderful avenue to express my ideas. 

 

Yashowanto Ghosh 

I finished my BFA at Aquinas College in May 2023. Now I am trying to become a wood-fire potter. 

Madeline Kaczmarczyk 

Madeline Kaczmarczyk has been a clay artist for nearly 50 years from her studio in Rockford, Mi. She has taught Ceramics at Aquinas College for 22 years as well as done numerous workshops including classes at Calvin University and GR Community College. She has exhibited nationally and is in numerous collections including the Kalamazoo Art Institute and The Racine Art Museum. 

“I was raised in a home where there were dishes for everyday and dishes for show. I find myself creating for both in my clay practice. The tall vase was inspired by a beautiful oval vase I saw in a Bangkok antique market while we were In Thailand. Not only was it decorative, but I was taken with the oval shape which allowed the viewer a flatter plane to enjoy the surface.” 

Jane Kropewnicki 

I would describe myself as a collage artist working in clay. My background in printmaking, painting, and fiber arts is reflected in the surface decoration of my pieces. 

Janet Krueger 

When I was 43 years old and a mother of a three-year-old, I took classes with Madeline Kaczmarczyk. My passion and love for clay was born and continues today. 

Mary Kuilema 

Each tile collage begins as a pencil drawing on a soft stoneware clay slab. The drawing is refined, textured, and cut into tiles for firing at 2400˚ F. The tiles are glazed, fired & pieced back together like a tile quilt, mortared onto cement board, grouted, and framed with an extruded ceramic frame. 

Mary Kuilema has been working in clay all of her adult life, initially as a potter and more recently in tile production and design. Her tile designs are influenced by the natural world, the tile of the ‘Arts and Crafts’ movement, and historic Asian tile. She has created a diverse range of projects, including fireplaces, kitchen and bath tiles, large scale murals and donor recognition walls for non-profit agencies in the Midwest. 

Kimberlee Matheny 

Kimberlee Matheny creates pottery in her home studio near Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is inspired by nature and loves making items that reflect wood, flowers, and leaf impressions. 

Jerri Puerner 

With a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Jerri Puerner spent years working as a graphic artist, film festival director and recording studio manager before returning to her fine arts roots in 2016. Her sculptural ceramic hearts are hand built from stoneware, porcelain, or terra cotta clay. They are unified by their similar shape and size but individual in surface treatment. The heart shape gives them instant meaning - made unique and personal by each one’s design. 

Tonya Rund 

Tonya resides in Muskegon, MI. Her home and studio sit on a bluff, overlooking the Muskegon River, where nature provides inspiration for her work. She is a ceramic artist, who also incorporates wood, metal, and stone in her sculptures. 

Sue Sawyer 

Eric Strader 

Glenna Tegner 

Glenna is a West Michigan based, mixed media artist. She produces pottery, sculpture, painting and drawing work. Her subjects vary with focus on nature and those in need. Her work is featured on three continents and is inspired by great love. 

Chris Trabka 

All three were inspired by working with clay and the texture of clay to create an image that would usually be created with a brush on canvas. 

Michael VerMerris 

I am an independent studio potter, who makes unique pots in short runs. Currently my focus is hand built, sculptural forms, using alternative firing processes. 

Jeri Walsh-Allis 

Jeri Walsh-Allis received a BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, studied with Rudi Staffel and Bob Winokur, and has a passion for aesthetics and technical processes involved in the creation of ceramic art forms and surfaces. 

Earth, Water, and Fire

Earth, Water, and Fire: Ceramic Artwork by the West Michigan Potters Guild

Earth, Water, and Fire features ceramic artwork by members of the West Michigan Potters Guild and showcases the many approaches to working with clay both sculptural and functional including alternative firing techniques such as raku, pit firing and wood firing.

Statement

Established in 1983, the Guild began with a small group of potters who felt the isolation of working alone in their studios. The West Michigan Potters Guild endeavors to provide a stimulating and inspirational discussion of problems, interests, and successes toward the goal of mutual improvement. The Guild aims to create the developments of interests in a variety of ceramic processes and to celebrate the successes of the members.

Artist Reception:

Sunday, February 11, 2:00-4:00pm. This event is open to the public, light refreshments will be served.

 

Gallery Hours Jan 6 to Feb 17, 2024: 

Tuesday through Friday 10:00am-6:00pm​, Saturday 12:00-5:00pm

 

Neven Allan
Neven Allan 
Judy Bergman
Judy Bergman 
Madeline Kaczmarczyk
Madeline Kaczmarczyk
Mary Kuilema
Mary Kuilema
Tonya Rund
Tonya Rund
Glenna Tanger
Glenna Tegner
Jeri Walsh-Allis
Jeri Walsh-Allis
Joy Belenger
Joy Belanger 
Mary Doezema
Mary Doezema
Jane Kropewnicki
Jane Kropewnicki
Kimberlee Matheny
Kimberlee Matheny
Susan Saywer
Sue Sawyer
Chris Trabka
Chris Trabka
Jerry Berta
Jerry Berta
Yashowanto Ghosh
Yashowanto N. Ghosh
Janet Krueger
Janet Krueger
Jeri Puerner
Jerri Puerner
Eric Strader
Eric Strader
Michael VerMerris
Michael VerMerris
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