Adrian Arleo is a full-time studio artist living in rural Lolo, Montana with her family and menagerie of animals. She studied art and anthropology at Pitzer College (B.A. 1983) and received her M.F.A. in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design in 1986. For nearly 30 years, Arleo has combined human, animal and natural imagery in a quietly poetic way that suggests a vital interconnection. Her work is exhibited internationally, and is in numerous public and private collections, including the World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Icheon, Korea, the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, Georgia, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana, Greenwich House Pottery, New York City, Microsoft, Seattle, and Kings County, Seattle. In 1991 and 1992, Arleo received awards from the Virginia A. Groot Foundation, and in 1995, was awarded a Montana Arts Council Individual Fellowship. Her work has appeared in several publications, most recently Ceramics; Art and Perception/Technical, Ceramics Monthly Magazine, Working Sculptor, Western Art and Architecture, and The Figure in Clay; Contemporary Sculpting Techniques by Master Artists. Arleo's work is represented by Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle, and Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe.
Originally from Indianapolis, Charity Davis-Woodard holds both a bachelors degree in Spanish and an M.L.S. from Indiana University, and an M.F.A. Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. As a full-time studio potter for the past 15 years, she has focused on limited production porcelain wood-fired pottery. Davis-Woodard has taught ceramics for the Saint Louis (Mo.) Community College system and is a frequent workshop presenter for clay guilds, universities and craft schools such as Anderson Ranch Arts Center and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Her work can be seen in numerous professional publications, private and public collections, and at exhibitions and gallery events around the country.
Sandy Simon has been a studio potter since 1970, after leaving the University of Minnesota with a group of potter friends and moving to rural Georgia to set up a studio. She lived and worked there for eight years before leaving to teach at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago from 1978 to 1979. This was followed by adjunct teaching positions at Purdue University and, the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Tennessee. She met her husband Robert Brady, a sculptor from California, and they moved to Berkeley in 1986. Simon continued teaching at San Jose State University, Hayward State University, and finally San Francisco State University. Teaching came to an end with the start of TRAX gallery in 1995, which to showcased work from functional potters who had devoted their lives to making pots for use. In 2001 Simon and Brady moved with their two children to a new location five blocks south of the warehouse in west Berkeley. They built a new TRAX gallery, with living above, and studios behind, near a hip and happening shopping area called "Fourth Street." TRAX hosts approximately six to eight exhibitions a year and the focus of the gallery is still functional clay. Much of the work is sold online through www.traxgallery.com.
Stacy Snyder grew up in the mountains of Southwest Virginia and received a B.F.A. in ceramics and photography from Indiana University. During summer breaks she worked in the Floyd, Virginia studio of Donna Polseno and Rick Hensley. Knowing them and the other artists she was able to meet in Floyd, has been a huge inspiration in her work and life. Snyder spent a year as a special student at the Kansas City Art Institute and then moved on to Pennsylvania State University where she received an M.F.A. in ceramics. After getting her degree, she spent a summer in Spain working at the Fundacio Josep Llorens Artigas. The combination of work and travel and the experience of knowing and meeting other artists from around the world was a high point in her life and career. After returning to the states she did a six-month residency at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. The mountains of Virginia beckoned her to return and she taught as an adjunct at Virginia Tech for a few years and built a cabin, studio and kiln. She met her husband there and after they were married moved to Philadelphia, where they lived for five years. Currently, she lives in Arlington, Virginia where she has a studio and has been working as a studio potter since 2000. She is a full-time mother to two children and enjoys the balance she has found between her studio work and motherhood.
|Cheryl Ann Thomas
Cheryl Ann Thomas graduated from the Art Center College of Design in 1982, and has emerged as a ceramic sculptor within the past 13 years. She has been featured in solo and group shows in New York and Los Angeles and her work is included in the collections of the Long Beach Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and Gardiner Museum in Toronto. Thomas’s work is frequently noted for its allusions to the transience and delicacy of existence. Although the heat of the kiln is what causes the collapse of her forms, it also gives the porcelain she uses its durability and strength. In this way, the artist notes that her work "is not a metaphor, but a real and distinct experience of creation and loss." Thomas has recently expanded her output to include works in bronze and stainless steel, which continue her meditations on fragility.