Nikki Mizak is one of six ceramic artists who demoed at the the Amaco NCECA booth in 2017. In addition to being a ceramic artist, Nikki is an Army wife and mother of two who enjoys having her own garden and raising chickens.
Mark Errol grew up around clay from a very early age. He attended a small town school with just under five hundred students in grades K - 12. Clay wasn’t on the curriculum. But Mark managed to get his hands on some anyway and his dedication to ceramics began.
Ceramic artist En Ewamura works mainly with large-scale, coil-built sculptures intended for installation spaces. The surfaces of his work come alive with a combination of bright patches of color and beautiful graphic imagery.
Travis Winters loves teaching ceramics to all age groups and skill levels and feels that everyone has something to offer. Currently he is the Programs Manager for Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington, Pennsylvania. He started out in college as a math and science major. When he fell in love with ceramics, those earlier interests informed his new passion.
Donna's highly saturated color palettes of floral and fruitful imagery has us dreaming of heading down to the Florida coast. From plates to platters, to pineapple pendants, her work is very reflective of her surroundings in lush and colorful Sanibel Island.
So, this is a particularly special edition of our blog. While we truly love and appreciate all our artists, Danielle Pugel, affectionately known as Dani, holds a particularly special place in our hearts. We had the pleasure of working directly with Dani at AMACO. We thank her for the legacy of Test Tile Tuesday. Watching Dani work is like watching a small machine.
With their beautiful graphic imagery, Melanie's mugs evoke a long drive along the coast or a hike in the desert. Waves, mountains, cacti; her bold use of color and sgrafitto; swirled and speckled clay bodies all make for effortlessly playful pieces. Her love for art is rivaled only by her love for animals.
We are so impressed with the strong line-work and vibrant color featured in Ana's work! Her ability to merge images of skulls with stylized Scandinavian flowers and vines to create beautiful patterns and motifs is inspiring.
"Color enthusiast, cat owner, dog lover, orchid killer, slip caster" is how Michigan-based ceramic artist Heidi Fahrenbacher describes herself. We love many things about Heidi and her work, but what we are most drawn to her bold use of color. Heidi expertly incorporates black inlay with vibrant, painterly color blocking.
The first time we saw Debra Aase's work we had to pick our jaws up off the floor. Maybe it was the sheer quailty of her line work. Maybe it was her ability to tell a narrative with her collections. Or maybe it was just the mermaids. (Who doesn't love mermaids, right?) Whatever the case, we were instantly mes-mer-ized.
We are especially excited to show you Cléo's work today, because she is a graphic designer, just like the writers of this blog! Subsequently, one of our favorite things about her work is how she's able to bring her knowledge of design and her personal design style into her ceramic pieces.
Whenever we take a scroll through Jarmél Reitz's Instagram, we can't help but crack a smile. After several years of trying to create work based on other people's ideas, Jarmél realized she could use ceramics as an outlet to express the ideas in her own head, and boy would we love to live in her world.
Spoons, mugs, pendants, or platters, Brenna Gerlach's work appears in many different forms. She works to bring her visual narratives to life by marrying her love for patterns with the surfaces of her ceramic pieces.