“Adventures in Sgriffito” exhibit at Inver Hills Art Gallery
Multifaceted artist Anne Meyer showcased her new ceramic work at the Inver Hills Art Gallery on the Inver Grove Heights campus of Inver Hills Community College Jan. 14 through Feb. 6, 2014. Also an art educator, Meyer has concentrated her life on creating objects of art since early childhood. She works in several different mediums.
“Anne Meyer is a local artist with big ties to the ceramic community,” said Erin Goedtel, gallery coordinator at the college. “We are lucky to have her grace us with her work and presence.”
Goedtel added that the artist is renovating her family farm in St. Joseph, Minn. “Anne uses the barn as her studio,” she said. “She digs her own clay for her pottery. She also makes her own glazes from ash and other natural materials.”
Anne Meyer welcomed the chance to show her work at the college’s gallery. “I’ve been dabbling in the Sgraffito technique for some time,” she said. “Having Erin offer this opportunity was what I needed to set aside the time to create a cohesive body of work.”
Meyer splits her time between throwing ceramic artworks and teaching the art of ceramics. “I keep a good balance of teaching and making,” she said. “One informs the other. I’ve also gotten good at teaching and carving at the same time.”
In late January, her teaching skills brought her to Inver Hills, where she gave a two-hour demonstration to students in the ceramics lab. “I decided to take the next step and try a demonstration on multiple colors slip,” she said. “All my previous work in Sgraffito has been in black and white. My love for drawing and my love for throwing come together perfectly in Sgraffito.”
Meyer has a droll warning for people thinking about taking up ceramics. “Clay is very seductive and engaging,” she said. “It just might swallow up your life.”
Adventures in Sgraffito
by Anne Meyer
“This new body of work is organized around a ceramic technique called Sgraffito, which in Italian means “to scratch.” After a piece is formed and allowed to stiffen a bit, a veneer of contrasting-colored clay slip is brushed on the surface. When the slip layer is leather-hard (no longer tacky), the image is carved into it, much like a wood or linoleum block for printing. This technique engages me because I love to draw and I like the challenge of reducing an image into just black and white. I spent the majority of the first half of my life drawing and the majority of the second half throwing pottery. Throwing is one of the few art mediums that isn’t based on a foundation of drawing, and I really struggled to become competent at it. This current work brings me joy as a synthesis of these two passions of mine. Because the clay, slip, and glaze is consistent, I strived to diversify the imagery used from abstract/geometric to decorative patterning to imaginative inventions to representations of my life in rural Minnesota.”
Hand-built porcelain with black slip
Thrown porcelain with black slip
Slump-molded porcelain with black slip
Coil-built porcelain with black slip
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