Artist of the Month: Rose Hardesty

I have always had an overactive imagination. As a child, I spent most of my time reading or playing outside, always daydreaming stories about the creatures found there and imagining my place in the narratives. This body of work re-visits that child-like wonder through functional pottery. I use wheel throwing and handbuilding techniques to create the forms. The work is made from local North Carolina clays, and is fired in wood burning kilns. I draw, paint and screen print colored slip and underglaze onto the pots before wood firing, then sometimes add decals and china paint in a third firing. The resulting work has a collage feel, where layered imagery interacts with the wood fired surfaces.

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