Since 2006 16 Hands has had the honor of presenting the work of fine craftsmen from around the country in our bi annual studio tour. Many member studios host artists, introducing the community to new and different talented craftsmen each year. Check out our upcoming
visiting artists and view the roster of past guests below.
We have a lineup of exciting visiting artists for the Fall 2019 Tour.
FALL 2019 VISITING ARTISTS
Ayla Mullen Jessie Benson
Showing at Shankin/Warstler Studio Showing at McCarthy Studio
I see pots as vessels for storytelling; they can invoke thoughts, memories, and emotions which enliven a moment or an entire day. Clay is my canvas and my collaborator, and together we explore how to convey the poetry of the natural world within the limits of a vessel. What is the formal vocabulary of emotion, and what voice does the clay have in the storytelling? Is it possible to give growing things a voice of their own, through artistic representation? These questions guide my making and still leave me wondering and curious. Each plant and pattern is inlaid into the clay with my own nostalgia, hope, and reverence for the lives and stories of the green and tendrilled world. My hope is that these stories, carved in clay, will expand and individualize within the home, taking on a life of their own like the best folktales, through the accrued layers of meaning which use and touch bring to everything familiar.
Showing at Granatelli Studio
My main occupation for the past 35 years of my life, is creating object in glass for functional and decorative purposes and art objects.I do not look for inspiration anywhere, but I let my soul to be touched by an object, a phrase, a landscape, a mood, the smile of a person, or the drop of rain; and in translating those feeling into an object, I define the meaning of life, which can be read in them and through them.
In a world of chaos, my work is an offering of refuge – an invitation to be still, to be quiet, to reflect. Each of my beeswax and oil paintings depicts such a moment in nature – a mother bird hovering over her nest and the fledgling soon to be, a hummingbird taking a sip of nectar from a delicate hanging flower, a heron gracefully standing at the water’s edge as if in contemplation. Nature is where I find my deepest peace. My work endeavors to offer the viewer a glimmer of the same.
To create my beeswax and oil paintings, I brush several layers of melted beeswax onto a cradled panel. Using a clay-carving tool, I engrave intricate nature-inspired images into the wax and then oil paint my drawing to bring the linework to life. Each piece lovingly pays homage to the beauty and wonder of the natural world.
Showing at Osborne Studio
I’ve been a professional wood turner for 16 years, traveling through out the nation selling at juried art shows. I primarily use hardwood burl from Floyd, Va. and neighboring counties. The most exciting aspect of my work lies in the unfoldment, a sort of flowering, of a raw piece of wood. Each final piece reveals unique shape and grain pattern, a preservation of nature’s exquisiteness; no two are alike.
Currently I am exploring sculptural dimensions with wood, focusing on form over function. I incorporate inlay of crushed gemstone such as turquoise, malachite, lapis and chrysocolla as well as using metal powders including bronze, silver and copper. I am also combining fine mineral specimens with hollow form vessels that are exciting and unexpected.
SPRING 2019 VISITING ARTISTS
Hanna Traynham Ron Sutterer
Showing at Shankin/Warstler Studio Showing at Denniston/Guzovsky Studio
Having been raised in Willis, Hanna's heart sustains deep connection to Floyd, Virginia. Rural living propelled her curiosity of natural growth patterns and cycles of transformation. Her deep-rooted craft heritage kindles an enthrallment for traditional wood firing practices. Subtle flashes of color upon her voluptuous surfaces reveal the velocity of flame through the wood kiln, adding to the variation of each piece. Hanna's work mimics organic growth and fluid movement through her process of altering and carving wheel thrown forms. Her sculptures refer to strength and fragility of nature, imperfection and impermanence. Having lived the past 8 years in the Pacific Northwest, Hanna feels honored to show with the artists who inspired her original intrigue in clay so long ago.
Showing at Granatelli Studio
I am drawn to photographs, a still image in a moment in time. My goal as an artist is to make an image that connects my soul to the world I live in. In turn, my hope is that these images empower those who see them to connect their stories, their heart, to the world they see in my pictures. I want to leave room in my work for the imagination of the viewer to roam. It’s a goal. Sometimes I just make a pretty picture, or one to document my week, but sometimes I make an image that makes my spirits soar. My favorite muse is the small pond on our property, for me it gives new meaning to looking beneath the surface. I am never visiting the same place twice.
My first camera was a Brownie, which I bought from my brother, for $8, or maybe it was $12, I don’t remember. I’ve used a lot of different cameras since then, from Nikon’s to Holga’s to homemade pinhole cameras. For many years I had a darkroom and was dedicated to black and white. My current camera is an iPhone.
My interest in photography has led me to handmade books and paper, printmaking, alternative 19th century processes like cyanotype, paper weaving, drawing. It is a journey that is making me happy.
My interest in pottery can be traced to my graduate school days in North Carolina. My wife and I often made day long trips to visit some of the traditional farm potteries surrounding Chapel Hill (Cole family, Jugtown, etc.) and started collecting. At the time, making pottery had not occurred to me but I learned to appreciate the form and craft of production. Some years later when we had moved to upstate New York, my wife wanted to set up a small studio in our home and learn how to make pottery. This eventually led to my giving it a try, taking some coursework at Syracuse University where I taught, and getting hooked. It has been full steam ahead since. We now live in an artistically rich environment (Floyd, Viginia) and I have put together a complete studio with a number of kilns that allow me to create pretty much anything that I can imagine. Living among so many quality potters has enabled me to get technical help as well as encouragement.
I have been drawn to two forms of glazing that are used in most of my work: ash glazes fired in a gas reduction environment and crystalline glazes fired in a well controlled electric kiln. Both forms of glazing have presented numerous challenges, but I appreciate the beauty of both and continue to explore the possibilities of each.
My goal for the coming year, five years, is the same as it has always been since I started: constant experimenting and production to increase the quality of my work. Ceramics is an activity that requires a long view in order to deal with the many mistakes that occur along the way. Although frustrating, the mistakes are part of the learning process.
Showing at Granatelli Studio
Wood turning is a craft using a natural material to fulfill a basic need for a bowl. Bowls contain our food and our things. Wooden bowls enliven an interior space, reminding us of our organic nature. Turning bowls from native trees found on my 50 acre farm in the mountains of Virginia satisfies my desire to make useful things that are also decorative. I use trees and limbs that are fallen from storm or disease. The decoration on my bowls comes from the beauty of the wood itself I seek out wood that has been stressed by living; twisted limbs and wood infested by beetles or fungus. The tree reacts to these stresses by producing extraordinary grain and color. I sometimes fill large defects with copper or stone dust to stabilize the bowl. My bowls are meant to be handled and used, bringing some of the outdoors inside.
FALL 2018 VISITING ARTISTS
Jon Ellenbogen & Becky Plummer Ellen Kochansky
Showing at Silvie Granatelli's Studio Showing at Benjie Osborne's Studio
Becky and Jon met forty-four years ago as students in ceramics at Penland School of Crafts in Penland NC. Becky had been a philosophy major who switched to pottery, and Jon had been an engineer and professor of mechanical engineering who came to Penland on a whim as a total beginner in clay. Since that time they have made a happy and fulfilling life together as potters, partners, and parents.
Their commitment has been to make useful, functional stoneware pottery, intended for daily use in the home with a focus on the preparation and serving of food.. They believe that a life filled with handmade objects adds to a mindful and intentional life, while bringing a source of pleasure to its owners. Best known for their dinnerware, they also make bakeware, serving bowls and platters, along with more decorative pieces.
with Ellen Shankin and Brad Warstler
Fall 2017 VISITING ARTISTS!
at Rick Hensley & Donna Polseno's
at Josh Copus'
at David Eichelberger & Elisa DiFeo's
at Ellen Shankin & Brad Warstler's
at Ellen Shankin & Brad Warstler's
Naomi Dalglish and
Hona Leigh Knudsen