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Artist: Alea Mae

Artist: Alea Mae
Alea Mae, IOWA
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When making work I visualize the interaction my ceramics have in everyday lives. I consider the hands that will touch the pieces, the substance that will fill my pieces, and how the objects adorn the home. The idea of storage guides my process of making. In my own home, I have open cupboards for my mug collection, and I consider how the objects I make would best be shelved and displayed. When people handle my work what will their reactions be? Are the pieces, when taken home, on constant display and in use or do they fall to the back of the cupboard and gather dust?

 Along with this question of placement I consider how I can influence perception.  When deciding what decoration or surface to create, I question how I can guide the viewer’s perception. I consider how best to influence the interactions that will happen with my objects through color, image, and shape. This is especially important when making my entomology themed pieces. Each is created with potential viewer reaction in mind. I want to convey my own love of insects and to generate a positive reception where there might normally be disgust.

I desire to make a pot that will become the go-to vessel in a home. First and foremost I make vessels I enjoy using. They are meant to be interacted with, objects that can independently spark a conversation because of a trait they carry independently but that are ultimately functional. I have this goal to build vessels that can take on a memory or emotion through their colors and shapes. My end goal is to make great work that constantly combines all my ambitions.

Sept 2017-Present
Ceramics Resident Artist, The Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio, Cedar Rapids, IA
May 2017
B.F.A. in Ceramics, minor in Art History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

New Resident Artists Show, Group Show
"Functional Entomology," Solo Show, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Ceramics at the University of Iowa, Iowa Ceramics Conference, Cedar Rapids, IA
Interdisciplinary Visual Arts Show, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
College Invitational, The Figge Museum of Art, Davenport, IA
Interdisciplinary Visual Arts Show, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

AKAR, Iowa City, IA
The Iowa Ceramics Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
Historic Bonaparte Pottery, Bonaparte, IA 

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