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More Than Pots!

More Than Pots Artists, YiFenn Strickland and Kathy Irvine showcases their creations Inspired by nature and human forms, these ceramics are extraordinary and unique. Strickland uses traditional hand built techniques as well as wheel-thrown clay to create these sometimes large masterpiece works. Irvine’s unique creations are truly one of a kind and I can’t wait to see these in person. Their reception is October 18, 6-8pm at the Leland Cultural Art Center. You don’t want to miss this modern display.

YiFenn C. Strickland Drawn to wabi sabi objects, nature & human forms, I create ceramic pieces that are mostly hand built, sometimes wheel thrown or assisted, then often altered and reconstructed to mimic these forms. I enjoy the freedom of creating sculpturally inspired functional forms with emphasis on line and surface. I aim to create work that can speak to the viewer without an artist’s explanation to limit their imagination. In my work, much consideration is given to the finishing or glazing stage of the making. My glazing process differs depending on the form and the nature of its surfaces. Non-textured forms with fluid lines are often sprayed with overlapping layers of glazes, while forms with textured surfaces might have glazes hand-rubbed on them. Some of the forms might command a texturized glaze surface, while others merely require a thin wash of oxides. Currently, most of my work is oxidation fired in an electric kiln to cone 6 (2269 degrees fahrenheit). ​Artist Biography YiFenn C. Strickland had an interest in art at an early age. However, she did not have the opportunity to study art until 2003. Despite a successful career, in the spring of 2000 YiFenn decided to focus solely on her family. In need of a creative outlet, YiFenn started studying oil painting under Barbara Dix in the fall of 2003. She then moved on to study the impressionistic paintings through many art books. YiFenn became very intrigued by all aspects of plein air painting. She attended multiple workshops from nationally acclaimed oil painter and plein air artist Rick McClure. For three years, YiFenn claimed her family’s dining room as her studio. She found time to paint at night and had produced a small body of work. Her paintings captured landscape, architecture, and human figures in an impressionistic manner. Just when she thought she would continue to study painting for the rest of her life, YiFenn and her family moved to Kure Beach, NC in 2006. This move marked the turning point in her artistic pursuit. In search of an art community and studio space in Wilmington, YiFenn discovered the clay studio at Pancoe. Clay study has always been something YiFenn was hoping to explore one day. However, it was not until 2012 that she had the opportunity to study the art of ceramics under the direction of master potter Hiroshi Sueyoshi. YiFenn was immediately drawn to this tactile medium. Her introduction to clay had quickly become a new obsession. Now, YiFenn spends most of her time exploring the infinite possibilities of ceramics. Perhaps one day, clay will be in her paintings and paintings will be in her clay.

Kathy Irvine: Ceramic Artist Southport NC My journey in art began at an early age in public school and continued to college where I earned a BFA in jewelry nd metal design from Eastern Michigan Univ. In retirement I’ve rekindled my passion for clay and continually am challenged and inspired by this medium. I work mainly in red clay and love its rich color and the constant reminder that “it is the earth”. I hand build many of my pieces manipulating the clay to fold and crack. Often I tear and layer the clay in the rolling process trying to duplicate what the earth does naturally. The pieces are then enhanced with oxides to keep their organic quality. Recently I have started using the potter’s wheel, creating forms made from both thrown and slab elements. Always a puzzle lover, this method has offered me both artistic and technical challenges. Often the clay will dictate what form the piece will take.

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