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Peru RPCV Phoebe Wiley is ceramic artist

Peru RPCV Phoebe Wiley is ceramic artist

"Pottery is for me the most challenging art form,'' said Wiley. ""How to create a work of art that can be used in daily life, that satisfies the eye and the hand, that can be reused time and time again - this requires an understanding of design, proportion and color as well as a little chemistry and physics. I have the privilege of trying to meet this challenge every time I make a pot.''

Peru RPCV Phoebe Wiley is ceramic artist

Artist group spins ceramic insights

By RALPH J. BELLANTONI

CORRESPONDENT June 11, 2009

Members of the New Jersey Artists Guild love exploring the creative possibilities of clay.
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Eleven guild members and three invited guest artists display the fruits of their passion in "A Celebration of Clay: Variations VII'' at the Somerset Art Association in Bedminster through Saturday, June 20. All were originally initiated into the
ceramic mysteries by Ann Tsubota, who chairs the Visual Arts Department at Raritan Valley Community College.

"Though many of us had worked in drawing, painting, or mixed media, we all had a similar creative urge to learn to throw,'' said founding member Phoebe Wiley. "The biannual show highlights our individual journeys and inspires viewers and
ourselves with new ideas.''

Though the guild members share a common origin, each has since embraced a distinctly personal pilgrimage. The exhibit features ceramics ranging from lively functional pots to whimsical sculptures and exploratory series. Surface treatments
and firing methods also diverge expansively, embracing majolica, raku, woodfiring, slip monoprints and more.

As a child in a military family, Wiley lived for years in China and France, and later served in the Peace Corps in Peru. She appreciates pottery for its functionality, compositional challenges, and chemistry.

"Pottery is for me the most challenging art form,'' said Wiley. ""How to create a work of art that can be used in daily life, that satisfies the eye and the hand, that can be reused time and time again - this requires an understanding of design, proportion and color as well as a little chemistry and physics. I have the privilege of trying to meet this challenge every time I make a pot.''




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