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John Carney, Sculpture

“Clay affords me the opportunity for self-expression and access to a mystical place where time is suspended.  I feel keenly alive, free, grounded, and deeply connected with nature, discovery and awe.” ~John Carney

I received my ceramic arts training at Loyola University in Chicago while also pursuing a career as a Clinical Psychologist. Upon graduation, I continued to focus on ceramic arts and was awarded an internship at The Northwestern University’s Evanston Art Center where I was instructed by professors from The Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago’s famous Lill Street Ceramic Art Studios.   However, the demands of clinical training and later of a successful private practice required a hiatus from ceramic work for 3 decades.

img_2948Returning to clay always remained a passionate dream. Three years ago, I decided to follow the advice I had given countless clients to “follow your bliss”.  I returned to clay and rented studio space at Village Potters in LaGrange, IL.  There I was inspired by many artists and continued my training.  The passion and joy I had experienced as a young man returned.  With the loving support of my partner and family, I decided to leave a successful clinical practice to pursue my dream of being a full time ceramic artist.  As part of this life transition, we also moved with our two Labrador Retrievers to the Madera Foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains in Arizona – to be surrounded by nature and exposed to the great ceramic traditions and art community of the Southwest.

I would like my pieces to be considered functional art and used.  You will notice almost all of the pots have lids.  They are designed to be vases or storage containers.  When fresh flowers are available….simply place the lid next to the pot.  When you don’t have fresh flowers (and you should always have them!), rather than storing your vase on a closet shelf….you have a freestanding art piece.  I only use food safe, lead free glazes (unless otherwise indicated). The pieces that have adornments can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth but due to the adornments – should never be submerged in water or placed in the dishwasher.


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Bob Smith, Sculpture

“Silhouette and form, with a quiet contained presence, have always been my major concerns. My current work reflects this on-going fascination with form, and an increased exploration of greater depth and subtlety in the surface, with new directions in color, scale and texture.” ~Bob Smith

Sculptor Bob Smith believes that working with clay offers an intangible-but-real joy of creating a connection, conscious or otherwise, with a history rich and varied and human.

Bob believes that by bringing into the world an object that intentionally exists to affect other people—maybe calmly, maybe outrageously—that something wonderful happens. Silhouette and form, with a quiet contained presence, have always been his major concerns.

Bob uses the vessels he creates as his point of departure, savoring the historical connection as he works the clay. After his pieces come out of the kiln, he explores surface techniques such as air brushing, specifically applied combustibles, controlled water and air-quenching to excite his audience.

“I often think that I make pots to slow down the world,” says Bob, “and maybe to experience the sensual/tactile quality of wet clay on the wheel; and maybe to better understand life’s dichotomies and paradoxes by studying clay’s dichotomies and paradoxes; and maybe just because I have to.”

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