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Artist: Melissa Weiss


Artist: Melissa Weiss
Melissa Weiss, NORTH CAROLINA
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STATEMENT
I make simple clay objects intended for use in one's simple habits of eating, drinking, serving, and holding. These objects have a life to them, a raw yet tamed look not out of place in the natural world. I strive for my pots to hold balance in a place of primitive, modern, and timeless aesthetics. To me, these pots have a melancholy presence that feels light. My process intensive work is made from hand dug clay to create a rich wild clay body that is apparent in the final pot. Layers of slips and glaze are added to compliment the clay as opposed to covering it up. My pots reflect myself, my own conversation with the timeless medium of clay. As I constantly evolve and grow, so does the work.

EXPERIENCE
Full Time Studio Potter, July 2013-Present
SouthSide Studios, Asheville, NC, Manager, July 2013-present
Penland School of Crafts, NC, Instructor, Hand building and Wood fire workshop, Session 6 Summer 2017
Arrowmont, Gatlinburg, TN, Studio Assistant, Courtney Martin, Hand building Workshop, Summer 2017
Arrowmont, Gatlinburg, TN, Studio Assistant, Michael Kline: Wood Fire Workshop, Fall 2014
TAPAS Artist, Asheville City Schools, Asheville, NC September 2013-2015
Clayspace Co-op, Asheville, NC, Studio Member, October 2007- July 2013
Michael Hunt, Naomi Dalglish, Shawn Ireland, Eric Knoche Assist in wood firings, 2007-2013
Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, Studio Assistant, Phil Rogers: "Throwing Soft", Summer 2011
Odyssey Center For Ceramic Arts, Asheville, NC, Studio Assistant, November 2006-June 2007

EDUCATION
UNCA, Asheville, NC, Teaching License, Art K-12, 2010
School of Visual Arts, NY, NY, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography, 2000
Exhibitions:
“Americano Invitational”, CLAY AKAR, November 17, 2017
The Philadelphia Museum Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA, November 2017
“Cup, The Intimate Object XIII” Charlie Cummings Gallery, September 2017
“Functional Ceramics” Wayne Center for the Arts, Ohio Craft Museum, July 2017
“11th Annual Yunomi Invitational”, CLAY AKAR, May 5, 2017
Lillstreet Gallery Collection, NCECA 2017
Art of the Pot, Austin, TX, May 2017
The Philadelphia Museum Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA, November 2016
“100 Cups”, The Clay Studio Exhibition in conjunction with NCECA 2016
"CGA: Salon and Ceramics Show", Charlotte, NC, Elder Gallery, June 2015
"Featured Potter", Charlotte, NC, Lark and Key Gallery, March 2015, http://www.larkandkey.com/featured- potter-melissa-weiss/
"delecTABLE: The fine art of dining", Denver, CO, Carson Gallery, February 2014
"16 Hands Group Show" Floyd, VA,Troika Contemporary Crafts Gallery, 2011
"16 Hands" Fall 2011 Studio Tour, Floyd, VA, 2011
"Clayspace Co-op: New Work” Asheville, NC, Asheville Area Arts Council, Front Gallery, 2008

GALLERIES
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Lillstreet, Chicago, IL

PUBLICATIONS
The Clay Studio:100 Artists 1000 Cups,2016
Collective Quarterly, Issue 4: Pisgah Fall 2016, http://www.collectivequarterly.com/all/issue-4-pisgah
Grid Magazine, April, 2015, http://issuu.com/redflagmedia/docs/grid_072_april_2015/59?e=1261995/11953791
Renegade Craft Fair, December 2014, http://www.renegadecraft.com/maker-spotlight-melissa-weiss-pottery WNC Woman, November 2014, http://www.wncwoman.com/2014/11/02/three-spins-of-the-potters-wheel/
Verve Magazine, August 2013, http://www.vervemag.com/august-2013/2013/7/31/leaving-the-rad.html Southern Makers: Food, design, craft and other scenes from the tactile life, Jennifer Causey
The Mountain Express, Clayspace- Co-op Cover and Feature Article, November 2008


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