About

Gallery Representation

Clay Art by Holly is honored to be featured in local galleries year round. Visit these galleries to experience Clay Art by Holly in person.

Missouri Artists on Main
321 South Main Street
St. Charles, MO 63301

Artisans in the Loop
6509 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130

“I love playing with mud.”

I have loved playing with mud ever since I was a small girl. Every summer, I would take buckets of water from the kiddie pool to make a big mud pond behind the shed, and use the earth to create pretend food and magic potions! I grew up, started a family and got my degree in nutrition science, where my love of food, science and playing with the dirt in my garden grew. I stumbled upon working

 with clay in 2011 when I took a nine-hour hand building workshop at the local high school. I had never explored any art forms before and didn’t consider myself artistic. I was immediately captivated by the process of creating with clay and wanted to learn more. As I explored the art and science of ceramics I discovered a passion that surprised me! I then began hanging out in the local clay studio several times a week, soaking up tips and techniques from anyone who would share.

My functional work is influenced by my love and passion for food. I strive for my pots to be comfortable to use as well as beautiful. My attraction to Raku is the unpredictability, the speed of the firing process and the beautiful results. I am continuing my ceramic art education by taking workshops from experienced artists and college level ceramics classes.  My work has been featured in a local art exhibition, and I am a resident artist at Missouri Artist on Main Gallery located on Main St. in Downtown St. Charles, MO.

Artist Statement

My greatest joy comes from trying new techniques and experimenting with new forms. My most recent exploration is making sculptures focused on the female form. I love to make each form somewhat realistic, while incorporating abstract and goddess-like qualities as well.  My current body of work consists of sculptures which explore the goddess contained in all women. The sculptures are formed from wheel thrown pieces which are then altered, sculpted and pigmented with of iron oxides, giving them a timeless quality.  Each goddess is unique like the real women who inspired them; My hope is to speak to the “inner goddess” in each of us. I relish the process of using the elements – earth, water and fire – to experiment with different shapes, textures, glaze combinations and surface pigments to craft beautiful and unique pottery creations.

My Clay Work

My work consists of functional stoneware, Raku pieces and decorative sculptures. My functional work is mostly wheel thrown with some hand-built. I use cone six stoneware clay and commercial food safe glazes. I have been expanding my knowledge of Raku Pottery after purchasing my own Raku kiln, and have begun the process of developing my own Raku glazes. I make sculptures in both stoneware and Raku clay.

Education

2017

Bryce Robison; Multi-Level Ceramics
St. Charles Community College

2016

Steven Hill Workshop
Jan & Randy Johnston Workshop
Martina Lantin Workshop
Sarah Pike Workshop

2012-16

Kate Nawrocki  Wheel Throwing and Raku firing at Krueger Pottery

 

Exhibitions

2018

“Artist Spotlight June 2018, Solo Exhibition” 3-D Category, Fusion Art; fusionartps.com

“Women Artists” Online Juried Art Exhibition, 3-D Category, Fusion Art; fusionartps.com

“Women 2018 Art Exhibition”, 3-D Category,  Light Space and Time Online Art Gallery;  lightspacetime.com

2017

“Elemental” Knox Gallery of Fine Art, Richmond Heights, MO

Awards/Recognition

2018

Juried member of the Missouri Artisans Association

“Honorable Mention” 3-D Category, Women Artists Online Juried Art Exhibition

“5th Place” and “Special Recognition Award” 3-D Category,
All Women 2018 Art Exhibition

2017

“Award of Merit” Elemental Exhibition

 

Shows & Fairs

2018

Leesburg Art Festival 2018 – 41st Annual, Historic Downtown Leesburg Florida; Juried by The Leesburg Center for the Arts

2017

ArtsFest, Manchester, MO Juried

Summer Solstace Art Fair, Springfield, MO Juried by Moon City Creative District

2016-17

Creve Coeur Farmer’s Market

2016

Francis Howell Band Boosters Arts and Craft Fair