Artist Portfolio Magazine – Q2 Art Competition
- Janice Briones Weers – Half Moon Bay, CA
I have always had a fire in my gut to create with my hands. In 2014, at 52 years old, I “discovered” pottery. It was like an epiphany: From a ball of clay, shaped with my own two hands and using rudimentary tools to color and decorate—of course with a little help from the Kiln Gods–I can create almost anything I can imagine! When I step into my home studio, I feel such an excitement right in my center, like I’ve finally found a way to fully express who I am.
In sculpting, I enjoy the challenge of manipulating the clay to express “lightness” and/or “motion”. It is exciting to try to capture in the clay the stunning beauty and detail found in the natural world.
As much as I love working to shape the clay to create a beautiful form or functional object, it is the application of color and texture that gives me the most excitement. Each piece is a blank canvas for me. I look forward to sitting down with muddy brushes and sharp tools to express myself in each piece, using flowing curves and strong geometric lines that I utilize in my Garden Designs. I push the glazes to give me more by intensive, methodical testing (the chemist in me!), layering and mixing to yield exciting effects.
Always so much more to learn!
Thanks for your interest.
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