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Artist: Andrea Denniston

Artist: Andre Denniston
Andrea Denniston, VIRGINIA
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During the past few years, my studio practice has become increasingly slow and steady as I have worked to extend the conversation with each pot. I fire smaller kiln loads and spend additional time decorating and focusing on the final details of individual pieces. The inlayed line is becoming increasingly significant on the surface of my pottery. These lines form repeating patterns and floral motifs that reference traditional quilt blocks, architectural ornament, Art Deco patterns, stained glass windows, and 16th century Iznik tiles.

The lines that travel around my pots are found under the feet, over the handles, and inside of lids. By interacting with the cups and bowls, egg trays and vases, in search of the hidden lines, the audience will find unexpected details - small rewards for close examination.

My color pallet continues to be bright, with translucent blues, shades of chartreuse green, and spots of yellow and red. I use a porcelain clay body that offers a bright white canvas, providing vibrancy to my glazes and decoration. With each pot and kiln load, the choices I make in color, form, and decoration come together to create a body of work that continues to generate new challenges, questions, and occasionally, solutions.

With both my pottery and mobile gallery, I hope to add pomp to daily life. As I leave evidence of the hand, made visible in the imperfect patterns and variations of weight, proportion, and size of each piece, I work to heighten an aesthetic awareness in the user. The record of time spent is found in the nuances of each pot. As my pottery moves into the world, I optimistically pursue my goal to make useful and beautiful objects. Objects that I hope will find a home in everyday life and daily conversation, where they will reward and remind the user that the well crafted object has not only satisfied a need but has connected them with another human being.


2016 Master of Fine Arts – Ceramics – Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

2010 Bachelor of Fine Arts – Ceramics - Summa Cum Laude West Virginia University, Morgantown WV

2007 Bachelor of Arts – Business, Entrepreneurial Studies – Summa Cum Laude Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA


2016 NCECA Graduate Award for Excellence – 2nd place – Kansas City, MO

2016 Turner Semester Resident – Los Angeles, CA

2016 Travel Grant – Graduate Student Organization – Syracuse University

2015 Materials Grant – Syracuse University

2014 Creative Opportunity Grant – Syracuse University

2014 Travel Grant – Graduate Student Organization – Syracuse University

2010 NCECA Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship

2010 Domestic Travel Grant – West Virginia University

2009-10 West Virginia University College of Creative Arts Scholarship

2008 Luce Foundation Scholarship for travel to Jingdezhen, China

2008 International Travel Grant, West Virginia University Professional Experience

2016 Cups! Workshop Instructor – Palos Verdes Art Center – Palos Verdes, CA

2015 Decalmania Instructor – Syracuse University – Syracuse, NY

2015 Studio Manager, Ceramics Department – Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY

2015 Intro to Wheel Throwing Instructor – Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY

2014-15 Shaped Clay Society President – Syracuse University, Syracuse NY

2014 Intro to Ceramics Instructor – Syracuse University – Syracuse, NY

2013-14 Kiln Tech – Syracuse University – Syracuse, NY 2011-13 Apprentice – Silvie Granatelli – Floyd, VA

2009-10 Clay Club Treasurer – West Virginia University – Morgantown, WV

2006 Touchstone Center for Crafts – Ceramics Studio Summer Resident Assistant, Farmington, PA


2017 Ceramics Monthly - February - “Small Batch, Small Hatch”

2016 Ceramics Monthly – February – “Balancing Comfort and Concept”

2015 Crafted in Carhartt – March 24 Collections

2015 The Rosenfield Collection – Dallas, TX Group Exhibitions

2016 Chemical Addiction – Exemplary Ceramic Surfaces from the Rosenfield Collection – Harvard University, Gallery 224– Cambridge, MA

2016: Cup: The Intimate Object XII – Charlie Cummings Gallery – Chapel Hill, NC

2016 MFA 2016: None the Wiser at Rogue Space – Chelsea, NY

2016 Peninsula – MoLAA Project Space – Long Beach, CA

2016 New Monuments – Angels Gate Cultural Center Gallery, San Pedro, CA

2016 MFA 2016: None the Wiser – SUArt Galleries – Syracuse, NY

2016 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition – Kansas City, MO

2015 The Almighty Cup – Gandee Gallery – Fabius, NY

2015 Cup: The Intimate Object XI – Charlie Cummings Gallery – Gainesville, FL

2015 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition – Providence, RI

2015 Apprencticelines – Pawtucket Armory – Pawtucket, RI

2015 16 Hands Studio Tour – Invited Artist with Ellen Shankin – Floyd, VA

2012 8 Fluid Ounces – Glassell Gallery, Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge, LA

2012 ReBoot: DEUX – Tableware Invitational, ClaySpace Gallery 831 - Columbus, OH

2010 Mesarso Gallery – BFA Senior Exhibit – Morgantown, WV

2010 8 Fluid Ounces – Glassell Gallery, Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge, LA

2008 NCECA Shared Journeys Student Exhibition – Robert P. Anderson Gallery – Jingdezhen, China

Cultural Research

2010 Qinghua (Blue and White Underglaze Decoration) Research – Jingdezhen, China 2008 West Virginia University Fall Semester Abroad – Jingdezhen, China

Solo Exhibitions

2010 Pushed, Pulled, Darted, and Trimmed – Mullens & McGuire – Philippi, WV Community Involvement

2016 NCECA Conference Volunteer – Kansas City, MO

2013-15 Syracuse Empty Bowls – Syracuse, NY 2011 Floyd Empty Bowls – Floyd, VA

2009 NCECA Conference Volunteer, Philadelphia, PA

2008-10 Monongalia County Empty Bowls – Morgantown, WV

2008 NCECA Conference Volunteer, Pittsburgh, PA

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