https://www.northauburnartists.com/ Email: email@example.com Location: Auburn and Bowman Medium: Acrylic, Batik, Ceramics, Collage, Digital Art, Digital Photography, Drawing, Fiber Art, Glass, Illustration, Iron Work, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Multimedia, Oil, Painting, Pastels, Photography, Plein Air, Portraiture, Sculpture, Silk, Steel, Textile, Vitreous Enamels, Watercolor, Wearable Art, and Wood About: 18 well known Northern California artists will be participating […]
Barbara Ann Chestnutt
bacclayworks.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Location: Colfax Medium: Ceramics About: My current work is primarily handbuilt functional stoneware. The work is always heartfelt and sometimes sassy. I love the connection with people who purchase my ware and the conversations that occur about our common shared experiences. Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BACClayWorks/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bacclayworks/ Galleries & Affiliations: Colfax Hours Of Operation
http://raygonzalesartworks.com Email: email@example.com Location: Lincoln Medium: Ceramics, Clay, and Sculpture About: BIO Ray Gonzales was born in Auburn, California and grew up in nearby Lincoln. He earned his B.A. in Ceramic Sculpture from C.S.U.Sacramento. Additional graduate work and a teaching credential was also earned at C.S.U.S. Continuing study has also included workshops in Florida, Alaska, […]
Ceramics and Kiln Formed Glass give me the ability to work with my hands and imagination. I often use found objects, precious or semi-precious stones and metals in the work I create, always trying to create movement in what can be very stiff feeling materials. My art can be functional and non-functional. I like to use colors and textures from nature, combining my ceramics & glass techniques to create unusual pieces. Putting a glass dragonfly on a ceramic piece or a ceramic frog on a glass piece, adding copper or brass leaves and vines to a piece makes my pieces different and unique. When someone asks how I created the piece I know I have captured their attention.
I grew up in San Francisco, CA where nature and museums were all around me. I loved art and took classes in high school and college. In 2000 I started taking courses at Sierra Nevada College “Visiting Artist” summer workshops. That’s where I fell in love with ceramics and kiln glass. Some of my instructors were: Kathleen Koop, Bill Abright, Andy Ruble, Randy Brodnax, Don Ellis, Shuji Ikeda & Carole & William Hutchison. My studio is named Stick In The Mud, in Auburn, CA.
My work ranges from the abstract and whimsical to colorful and refined.
Exploring all the basics on my own terms, I analyze color, shape, and texture throughout the body of my work. I enjoy the simplicity of bold lines and the detail of florals and graphic patterns.
But the real purpose of my work is the act of creating. Painting serves as a meditation, allowing me to step away from the world here and now, to let go of stress and the monotony of everyday life. For me, the act of creating is a personal, meaningful experience.
My hope is to provide a similar experience for an audience, allowing the simple shapes and color schemes to take the viewer’s mind off of the immediate presence, to allow them to add their meaning to the image I have placed in front of them.