Gallery Artist and Owner of Wonderland Clayworks
About the Artist
Working in clay allows my hands to move freely, creating a passage to illustrate emotion. I approach my ceramic forms and surfaces with a playful exploration of altering, texturing, carving, and glazing techniques. Whimsical imagery is freehandedly carved into the surface of a wheel thrown pot using a Japanese inlay technique called Mishima. Hand painted under glaze accents highlight the illustrative design, creating a narrative that is reminiscent of a storybook. Clay vessels are a blank page, awaiting the carved ‘doodle’. The ceramic form is also a foundation to inlay texture, to poke, prod and alter basic form- introducing a sense of play with colorful glazes and stains. Each piece begins as a basic recognizable form of function and shifts into an object of curiosity, evoking that sense of childlike wonderment. My forms shape and shift into objects that take on a personality of their own and deliver an experience of joy as they are used in daily life.
of Boo Radford
About the Artist
Meditative process has always been central to Brieanna Radford's work. In Los Angeles and New York she began creating inside galleries. She moved to the Gunnison Valley and into a new style of whimsical stippled illustration and mandala river stones. These playful pieces inspired her line, Boo Radford, a collection of whimsically meditative stones, tattoos, games and more!
Pursuing two dreams at once, Brieanna is creating installation shows for galleries, and managing her whimsical line, Boo Radford. When she is not in the studio, you can find her wandering the forests, paints and river stones in hand.
About the Artist
My primary focus as an artist is pottery. I consider myself a painter and also have tattooing experience. I have finally been able to incorporate my three passions into my ceramic work.
I was raised in the north suburbs of Chicago. Growing up I focused on drawing and painting. I went on to expand my artistic breadth at Illinois State University where I studied ceramics, glass blowing, graphic design, oil painting, and fiber dying. I then studied in Florence, Italy where I studied figure drawing and fresco painting. When I returned from Florence I finished my undergraduate degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) where I focused on sculptural ceramics. I also took on a tattooing apprenticeship while I was at SAIC. I tattooed in Chicago, Gunnison and Crested Butte for a total of seven years but have decided to focus my creative energies on ceramics.
My goals in ceramics are to keep exploring new techniques for surface design, to continue establishing my style, and to continue expanding my audience.
Thank you for taking the time to check out my artwork. If you'd like to check out more of my artwork and keep current with what I'm up to please check out my facebook page, Abra Karbin Ceramics, my instagram @abra_karbin_ceramics, or my etsy shop Abrakarbinceramics. I take on commissions but please allow at least 2 to 4 weeks for production. Thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement of my dreams.
You can find my work locally in the Gunnison Valley at the Shop at the Gunnison Arts Center, The Toggery Elevated, and Resilient Threads.