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surfing with helen bates - may 8, 2006 - netherlands, canada, france,

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Surfing with Helen Bates - May 8, 2006 - Netherlands, Canada, France,

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Jim Kraft (Seattle, WA, USA)

(One of the most stunning bodies of work I've seen in some time.)
(Kraft builds indoor tile murals, hand built vessels and sculptural
pieces from an earthenware clay and uses an earthy color palette.) (He
seems to be the sort of artist who practices working with the material
itself. From that work, eventually, comes the development of his
forms.) (I am most drawn, myself, to the vessels.)
(Four vessels [zoomable images], artists's statement, and bio)
("soft colors of nature [...] combine[s] leaves and other images
(Some more textured vessels [and other works])
(Small photo of Kraft at work, and some medium-sized images)
(Tile towers and other tile structures; vessel forms and basket forms)
(A fine clay basket form, and another of Jim's tile towers)

JoAnn Turner (Olwen Pen Aur) (Oliver, BC, Canada)
(Member of the Society for Creative Anachronism) (Select "Art History
Annex..., "Olwen's Pottery Page", then "Anglo-Saxon Pottery",
"Sgraffito", or "Thoughts on Medieval Pottery.") (There is more text
about the pottery than there are images of it, but the site will be fun
for those with an interest in pre-17th. Century life.)

Luc Jacquel and Benoit Gils (Atelier du Vieil Apt) (Apt, France) (English and French)
(Two potters who carry on a centuries-old earthenware tradition. Much
of the Apt earthenware is characterized by an iridescent combination of
clays of various colors, mixed into the basic yellow clay of the area.)

Katten Kunst Album (Cat Artists Album) (Netherlands) (Dutch)
(Included are several artists working in the ceramic medium - look for
the word "Keramiek.") (Some great cats!) (Artists working in ceramic:
Irene Maas, Marianne Bijker, Judith Rigter, Maps Farber) (Also some of
the work by DaniŽlle Orelio)

Helen (Who actually got away from the computer for several hours to
clean out the really messy garden shed. Feels better now!) ;)

Helen Bates (Belleville, Ontario, Canada)
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