Dan AbernathyTo Dan researching, photographing and observing real birds is almost as much fun as carving and painting life scale birds...
Mary Mikkelsen & Henry Pope
Media: ClayRecently I have been hand building abstract shapes adding surface treatment to give dimension, using terra sigillata, dark stains and glazes in multi-layers, then painting images.
Mary and Henry have been making pots together for over 35 years. Henry strives to make useful pots and still loves to throw functional forms on the wheel. Mary has focused on the vessel's surface often painting on or carving into the pots that Henry has thrown. More recently she has been hand building abstract shapes, adding surface treatment to give dimension, using terra sigillata and dark stains in multi-layers. Some favorite themes come from prehistoric cave paintings, representing the birth of art forms; female torsos transformed into teapots or vases; fish swimming across pot surfaces; and birds-cardinals-perched and interacting within separate frames.