Date: Monday, July 01, 2013 through Wednesday, July 31, 2013 , 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Living with Clay: Artisan Interview: Kristi Sloniger, Oak Park, IL
There is a beautiful orchestration of steps in a pottery studio. The flow of work between throwing, trimming, bisque, glazing to final firing is the repetition of the same actions over and over. Potters spend hours in quiet concentration, working with raw clay, refining it at each step, working towards the final stages where form and glaze are revealed.
In a very similar way a musician spends hours repeating the same actions and practicing for a performance. So for studio potter Kristi Sloniger the connection between her training as a musician and her 30 years as a studio potter can be seen through the discipline of practice and her newest body of work exploring repetition.
Each January and February Sloniger breaks from the studio practice to experiment and develop new ideas. Five years ago, Sloniger started playing with slips. Using mocha diffusion and pushing the reaction between acid and alkaline, she paints the glaze onto the side of vases letting the reaction feather and spread. Read the full interview on our Tumblr
Kristi Sloniger is the July Feature Artisan at Illinois Artisans, Chicago