Emerging Artist Judith Gary Receives Recognition

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Arizona artist Judith Gary’s skill as a potter draws attention from her peers.

Although she had been drawing and painting since childhood working in pencil, watercolor and acrylic, artist Judith Arnaud Gary, didn’t get her hands into clay until the year 2000 as part of her course work at the University of Arizona. “I had an immediate simpatico develop in sinking my hands into this ancient medium,” she says. Her passion for clay shows in her work, and was recently recognized through the Arizona Statewide Clay Exhibition, which opened at the Shemer Art Museum in Phoenix this past September. She won for her hand-coiled pot titled “Fire Vase,” now for sale at http://www.buyoutsidethebox.com as well as some of her other hand-built and thrown pottery.

The distinctive pot was fired in sawdust. “Sawdust firing is a low fire method making it too porous for food use or to hold water. It is for decorative use only,” explains Gary. “Before the pot is fired, it is burnished to achieve a sheen on the surface. It is then bisque fired to a low enough temperature to enable the surface to absorb the smoke. You never know what design you will achieve with this firing method,” she explains. “Potters like to call it ‘the gift of the flame.’” The pot which is 21 inches high has a mystical quality to it because of this firing method. A hand-coiled pot of this height shows yet another level of skill. The Emerging Artist Award is given out by the Arizona Clay Association to promote exceptional craftsmanship within the ceramic arts. As part of the award, Gary will have her work

featured in the next clay exhibition at the West Valley Art Museum in Phoenix, Ariz., which opens January 27th, 2006.

Other exhibits Gary will participate in this year include: “It's Lidded,” Exhibition, Modern Hand Gallery Old Town Artisans, 201 N. Court, Tucson AZ November 30 through December 30 and; Carpe Argillum "Seize the Clay"; 2006 All Arizona Statewide Clay Exhibition; West Valley Art Museum, 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts

Surprise, AZ; January 19 through March 19, 2006. The opening reception is January 27th 5-7p.m.

Gary received a B.F.A. degree from the University of Arizona in 2000, and is a Member of Potters Council and Southern Arizona Clay Artists. She works out of her studio in Tucson AZ, creating pottery by throwing and hand building. Judith's goal as an artist is to capture the spirit and energy of the world around her, from a tiny leaf on a mesquite tree, to a far away galaxy in space, she says. “I feel I am taking a small part of my subject and in turn giving a part of myself. The process of art for me is a union of energies - a union of spirits.” But besides the need for creating, she has the need to communicate with others. “I hope to evoke a response, to grab the viewer’s participation. Viewers add their own perspectives and experiences when interpreting artwork. The artist, together with the viewer, brings a work of art to its fruition.”

“It is a real pleasure to see hardworking artists such as Judith get recognition for their work, and we are very pleased to represent her, and to have this beautiful vase for sale on Buyoutsidethebox.com,” says Ruth Mitchell. She is CEO of the innovate website dedicated to Creative Consumerism™, providing art and fine, handmade things to a global marketplace of discerning buyers.

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