Artist: Greg Jahn and Nancy Halter
Greg Jahn and Nancy Halter, MONTANA
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The privilege of being an artist implies ‘living artfully’ as much as making art-as-commodity. We see artists as integral components of an activist network addressing the social and spiritual issues of our time.
We are both Billings, MT natives with nonacademic backgrounds and over 44 years each of differing professional art careers. Greg (65) has been a full time studio potter influenced by Montana's deep legacy of clay: Rudy Autio, Pete Voulkos, Dave Shaner, Brian Persha, and Frances Senska. The Archie Bray Foundation was an invaluable inspiration while he lived in Helena for six years and is a continuing valued resource. We’ve been lucky to be have the Red Lodge Clay Center nearby for ten years.
Nancy (64) pursued a career in graphic arts and illustration as a freelance artist and also as corporate art director. She studied watercolor in workshop settings with Tony Couch, Zolton Zsabo, Frank Webb, Carlton Plummer, Marilyn Hughey Phylis, Judy Betts, Skip Lawrence and Pat Dews. Nancy is a Signature Member of Northwest Watercolor Society and Montana Watercolor Society. She ended her graphics job of 20 years to pursue painting and clay full time from their two home studios.
The last 25 years together has produced an innovative blend and style in functional porcelain which best reveals the nuances of Nancy's sophisticated eye as designer and decorator. A wide-ranging cooperative way of life has evolved that supports the creative imagination in its expression of love and sense of wonder. An uncommon synergy sparks exhilarating play and improvisation that fuels travel into new territory for both. gregjahn-nancyhalter.com
Examples of their collaborations were recently published in the book "Surface Design for Ceramics" by Maureen Mills. They've been included in the Lark book series of "500 Animals In Clay", "500 Vases", "The Best of 500 Ceramics", "500 Prints on Clay”, “500 Figures In Clay, Vol 2”, and "Showcase: 500 Teapots". They were selected for Strictly Functional Pottery National six times and won the “People’s Choice Award” in 2015.