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I met sunshine at the airport and she was a real help in settling in. In her studio there is a feel of an eclectic nature present. Pattern and colour overlay the lovely soft dark read clay she throws with.

Sunshine was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and grew up in southern California. To find out more go to her website (click her name above).

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CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW ZEMER'S WEBSITE

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Brought up in Massachusetts, Steve was inspired by the quiet landscapes of the river valley, the formal layout and simple architecture. He talked to me of fascination for the ivory carvings of the Inupiaq people from Alaska.

For the last 15 years Steve has lived in Alaska and teaches at the University in Anchorage. He was explaining how in the last 2 years he has been able to take advantage of the generous grant awards in Alaska for artist, which has enabled him to renovate his 500sq ft garage into a studio. A past Resident of the Archie Bray Steve decided to take a sabbatical from his teaching work to return to the Archie Bray to concentrate on developing new figurative artwork. He will have a new website coming on line in the future but until then you can see more about him and his CV on the University Website, just click his Name above.

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It was really nice to sit in Chris’s studio space surrounded by work at different stages of production. The uniquely comforting forms reminding me of home, soft cushions and comfortable sofas. I enjoyed all the different playful shapes and motifs. With the use of soft satin glaze, they draw you into the cushion like forms, soft to touch. The bright coloured sometimes shiny glazes highlight and focus attention. I spent a few moments holding a sumptuous liquor jar, imagining its use.

Chris talked about how his upbringing influenced his creativity and he explained his moulding or forming techniques, which are inventive. He loves the design process and working through ways to create his new ideas.

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Giselle’s hand built forms delicate and intimate use the flower, which is a temporary part of our domestic environment and she renders it in porcelain into a precious permanent. I watched Giselle work very absorbed on her basket and vessel forms and soon the room filled up with these clay forms rendered soft by the impression of her finger tips. Click her name above to see more on her website.

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I chatted to Mel whilst she packed up her work to send away. Her love of drawing is completely apparent and she loves to use clay to draw, by scraffito and brush. She was excitedly preparing for a trip to New York to visit the Museum to spend a whole week drawing the natural history exhibits.
Click her name to see much more.

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I met Adam after I had been there a week as he had been away. When I first came to the studio I recognised his work, it was a coincidence that I had watched a video from a Ceramic Arts Daily link on the net. So it was a great opportunity to see him make his work. He is a lovely guy and helped me with the kilns. A great advocate of technology he also encouraged me to use my phone Instagram app, the unexpected things you learn from people.

Click on his name to find out about his work and career.

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Steve is the Director of the Centre and was very busy most of the time I was able to talk to him briefly about his work and was able to be around when things where being made at different stages. He worked with an assistant Lindsey Carroll who carves the designs into the pots. To see more about Steve's work click his name.

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I chatted with Joanna a breath of fresh air, we chatted about all kinds of things like our work, and issues we deal with on concept and the way we have adjusted to our practice outside of University. Joanna’s work has a really sensitive naïve quality but the objects have an opulence about them that to use one of her bowls or ‘challises’ is to have a special experience, both humble and sublime.

She has a lovely simple statement which I adore.
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In fire there is passion, possibility and transformation.
I find beauty in my embarrassment.
I welcome the silly.
If the objects I make want a rat-tail, like a boy, I let them have it.

- Joanna Powell

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Tom studied science at university but loved ceramics so went on to train and work as a potter. His work is strongly rooted in two sources–the traditional Minnesota pottery that he grew up admiring and the Mingei folk-art philosophy advocating the “hand-crafted art of ordinary people.”

He is developing slips and glazes to use in his soda firings.

Andrew unfortunately damaged his Achilles heal playing football in the second week of my time in the Archie Bray. He was laid up at home. So I was not able to talk much to him in his work. I was able to look into his work on the net and appreciate the pieces in the studio and gallery for myself.

For his website click on his name above and the Bray profile click on his image.