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Artist: Hannah Meredith


Artist: Hannah Meredith
Hannah Meredith, NEW MEXICO
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There is a sense of honesty and purity to be found in physical labor. The pursuit of these qualities in my daily life and my artwork is a driving force in my artistic career. During childhood I was brought up to have a high level of self sufficiency, physical labor was expected and honored. I find a familiarity and comfort in the labor demanded of me as an artist. The ongoing search for this honest lifestyle has led me to functional pottery and the wood firing process. I want my work to embody the honest, simple spirit that I strive to instill in myself through physical labor. The wood firing process directs my work. I create shapes that catch the wood ash and exploit the gentle, curving marks of the flame and flashing produced in the kiln. I create pieces in harmony with my choice of firing method, with a quiet, austere surface that acts as a canvass. Textures and curves that are accented through the firing work to further harmonize the beginning and end making processes. Line, particularly the curve of a line, acts as a inspiration for me as it pulls the eye around the pot. I want the mark of the flame to travel around the piece in the same way, accentuating the curves of the form. A dialogue is developed between the form and the firing so that a process is visible. Each piece has an individual narrative laid down in the kiln. Personalities are created, inviting the user to touch the pot, enjoy it, and use it again and again. The firing marks cause consideration and awareness of the depth involved with the process. As I strive to combine my forms with the variables of the wood fired kiln I am encouraging a collaboration between the form and fire that is fully realized as my pieces reach the hands’ of the user.

EDUCATION
2011 B.F.A. Studio Art, concentration: Ceramics & B.S.E. Art Education Millersville University of Pennsylvania

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2015 Resident Artist, Cobb Mountain Art and Ecology, Cobb, CA Assisted in the building of facilities, which included the construction of three separate structures, creation of septic field, a train kiln, and laying the foundation for structures.

2015 Wood fire train kiln build, Cobb Mountain Art and Ecology, Cobb, CA

2014 Wood fire salt kiln build, Flynn Creek Pottery, Comptche, CA

2013 Resident Artist, Flynn Creek Pottery, Comptche, CA

2013 Gallery Assistant and Show Coordinator, Logan Wannamaker Pottery, Taos, NM Handled sales, basic book keeping, monthly news letters, show invitations and installations.

2012 Resident Artist, Taos Clay, Taos, NM Responsible for studio maintenance, material inventory and orders, mixing of clay and glazes, firing studio members’ work in electric, gas, and wood kilns and assistance of studio members when needed.

2012 Anagama kiln build, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena MT

2011 Apprentice to Simon Levin, Mill Creek Pottery, Gresham, WI

2008-2011 Ceramic Studio Assistant, Millersville University of Pennsylvania Responsibilities include assisting with general studio operations and maintenance, mixing clay and glazes, firing gas, soda, and electric kilns and assisting beginning and intermediate students.

2010 Train kiln build, Mill Creek Pottery, Gresham, WI

2009 Artist Assistant-Deborah Sigel, Lancaster, PA

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2015 Ceramic teacher, Middletown Art Center Middletown, CA Child and adult beginner level classes. Classes covered basic hand building skills, and glazing techniques. Created lesson plans, managed material orders, and handled the firing of student work.

2015 Art teacher, Boggs Mountain Summer Camp, Cobb, CA Nature based craft classes for children four to twelve years old 

2014 Workshop assistant to Jack Troy, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA

2013 Taos Clay, Taos, NM. Coordinated and taught weekly classes for studio members, covered throwing, and hand building methods, and glazing techniques. Provided private lessons for adults and children, often focused on hand building or throwing techniques
Taught the “Throw and Fire” class. This was a short, one time class that allowed the participants to experience the glazing and firing of raku pottery, as well as receive wheel throwing instruction.

2012 Visiting Artist Demonstrations and Lecture, Millersville University, Millersville, PA

2012 Substitute teacher K-12, Gresham and Shawano School District, Shawano, WI.

2012 Visiting Artist Workshop, Kettle Moriane High School, Wales, WI

PUBLICATIONS
2016 “Pitcher, Teapots, Cups & Mugs”, Ceramic Arts Select Series

2012 “A Balancing Act”, Ceramics Monthly, December 2012

JURIED EXHIBITIONS
2016
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, PA

Serve it Up, Clay Arts Vegas, Los Vegas, NV

Shapes of Influence, Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL

Clay National IX, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

2015
Teapots, Vessels, Flagons & Flasks, Guilford Art Center, Guilfor, CT

Cup: the Intiment Object XI, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainsville, FL

Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, PA

2014  Cup: the Intiment Object X, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainsville, FL

2013 Medalta International Cup Show, Medalta, Medicine Hat, Canada

Artifacts from the Inferno, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, PA

Beyond the Brickyard, Fifth Annual Juried Exhibition, The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

2012 Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, PA

Cups of Fire-National Cup Exhibition,The Clay Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

2010 Revisited, Ganser Gallery, Millersville, PA

2009
Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Sykes Gallery, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Millersville, PA

Emerging Visions: A Juried Showcase of Top Undergraduate Artists, York Arts, York, PA

2008 Annual Student Exhibition, Sykes Gallery, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Millersville, PA

INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS
2016
Gallery 424, Humboldt, CA

Annual Faculty & Staff Exhibition, Creative Arts Gallery, College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA

2015
Apprentice Lines, 49th Annual NCECA Conference, Pawtucket Armory, Pawtucket, RH

Atmosphere, Oddfellows Gallery, Mendocino, CA

2014
Spun Smoke, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Oakland, CA

25th Annual California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art, Davis, CA

Mendocino Art Center and Friends, Mendocino, CA

On the Horizon, St. Petersburg Clay Company, St. Petersburg, FL

2013 Iowa Seeds, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA 

2011 Cup Invitational, Clay on Steele, Algoma, WI

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013 Dinner Conversations, Taos Clay, Taos, NM

2011 Dwellings, Swift Gallery, Millersville, PA

GALLERY REPRESENTATION
Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL

Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Oakland, CA

Freehand Gallery, Lost Angeles, CA

Rottenstone Pottery, Arroyo Secco, NM

Gandee Gallery, Fabius, NY


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