gin o'keefe Booneville, MO
Punk rock punched, elbowed and wedged its way into the world of ceramics through the able hands of Mid Missouri artist Gin O'Keefe. Owner and operater of Booneville Clay Co. in the heart of the historic Missouri river town. Stop in, take a class, make a purchase of her raw and brutally honest handmade ceramic works that'll push over the rest of your collection and spray paint a big ol' FU all over your preconcieved ideas of domestic wares.
Kait Arndt Kansas City, MO
Yep its clay. No, there isn't any glaze involved.
This woman challenges your ideas about the nature and possibility of clay as a building material at every turn. Its delicate without being frilly, and then she goes and scares the begeezus out of you by hanging it over your head by thin wires. And guess what - it don't have anything to do with being a 'woman' in the world of ceramic art. And she's happy doing it better than a good deal of them.
Chad Wehrle Southgate, KY
Cincinnati area 2-D artist. He likes bunnies, and big hugs. He does it all, helps you make and keep your memories, illustrates books, and makes drawings to help your kids pee their pants in the night. When Jason Voorhees needs a little love - he calls this big guy.
Norleen Nosri St. Louis, MO
Two words: Elegant and Ceremonious.
And those two don't even come close to adequately describing this Malasian born wonder of talent and energy. Lovely and Powerhouse fit the bill also. If you like the social ceremony and cultural significance of tea and tea service, look no further. A gem of St. Louis art and culture.
Steve Karla AshEville, NC
An artist in every way. From strumming the stars down as only a gypsy jazz guitarist can do, to pushing paint across a surface in ways that would make Miro and Dali proud. Accomplished musician, painter, sculptor, and novice guitar builder, Steve Karla is original as they come.
BErnadette Esperanza Torres Kansas City, MO
A truly high energy figurative sculptor, gallery director, and art educator. Bernadette opened a most important door for my place and future in the world of ceramic arts. She makes the ample female figure in all its glory and adorns them with hours of painstakingly meticulous hand made ceramic flowers. Personal, sentimental and excellent.
Bill Wilkey New Albany, IN
As 'American Potter' as it gets. This Tennessee native and former Archie Bray Foundation resident is an exceptional craftsman. Bill makes traditional and utilitarian table wares that are warm and welcoming to the hand and harth, designs that free from all the trendy frills prevalent in much of today's works. Look up Bill Wilkey and you are sure to find your favorite cup, pitcher, soup bowl and use it everyday.
CJ Jilek Los angeles, CA
If David Bowie were a flower...
Stranger and lovelier forms have never been made! This woman's creativity will knock your socks right off and out into whatever world her ceramic work comes from. Her flora forms are intimate in scale, alien, delicate yet highly tactile, sexy and intimidating. If L.A. ever falls into the sea - somebody better save dynamo CJ Jilek.
I gravitate towards exemplary craftsmanship - these folks got it in spades.