Show Jurors - 2017 

Brian Beam

Michigan Artist Since 1999

Nature is my source of inspiration. As a child, I spent all my free time in the outdoors fishing and hunting. The smell of wet leaves and the damp earth are revisited each time I open a bag of clay. My memories along with activities of today are the inspiration for the artwork I create.

In 1997 I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Western Michigan University. During my final year of studies I earned an international scholarship sponsored by Japanese master potter, Ryoji Koie. The month long tour of Japan included a week at Mr. Koie's home and studio. It also provided me the opportunity to visit ancient kiln sites, galleries, and art museums.

Immediately after earning my degree and returning home from Japan I built my first studio. Two years later I accomplished my ultimate goal and began a new career as a full time potter. I truly have achieved the American dream.

Working alone in my studio I personally make all the pottery from start to finish. While many pieces are traditionally hand thrown, others are tediously shaped by hand. A technique of paddling, stretching, and adding artistic elements transform my vessels into unique altered forms.

Once the pottery has dried, I bisque fire them to approximately 1850 degrees Fahrenheit. Each piece of pottery is then sprayed with a wood ash glaze I have been working with since 2005. As the name implies, the main ingredient of my glaze is the ash that remains after burning wood in my fireplace. It is a creative way to take ordinary waste and re-purpose into something artistic.

The success of this technique and glaze is uncertain due to the volatile and unpredictable nature of wood ash glazes. That being said, the extra attention to detail I give each piece during the glazing process yields beautiful results.

Finally, all the pottery is fired a second time to over 2400 degrees Fahrenheit in a reduction atmosphere. By creating an environment depleted of oxygen (the reduction atmosphere) the oxygen starved glaze turns rich and vibrant while the clay body becomes soft and warm in color. Altogether, these two firings take a combined time of over 26 hours

My creative methods and materials ensure that each and every piece of pottery is unique. Be assured that no two pieces will ever be exactly the same. Enjoy your collection of Brian Beam Pottery

 

Mark Reynolds

Mark Reynolds has worked nearly 40 years in the world of Art. A long circuitous path has led him from studying Biology and English at the University of Texas in Austin to becoming one of the foremost experts in the world of kaleidoscopes. Beginning with rudimentary designs that he built and sold on the "drag" in Austin, he learned woodworking and a myriad of asymmetric skills that include glass flame working, wood turning, and mirror reflectology; all combining to create the sculptural kaleidoscopic creations that he unveils at juried art shows and fine galleries throughout the U.S.

 

Michel Plumail

i was born in France, studied there to be a teacher but after moving to the USA in 1971 started designing and making jewelry.

mostly self-taught I have participated in art shows since 1976 (over a Thousand of them)

i was able over the years to participate in the most prestigious shows such as Cherry Creek, Lake Front, Coconut Grove, Winter Park, Kansas City Plaza, Philadelphia Museum, Longs Park, to name a few.

I have won numerous awards over the years, the most recent was best of show in jewelry this year at Art Fair on the square in Madison organized by the Madison museum of contemporary art

I create my jewelry by fabricating every pieces cutting, soldering seamlessly using the married metal technique, forging and polishing with some flush set stones.

I am familiar with all jewelry techniques having had to use them over the years from fabricating to casting and all the various ways of stone settings and finishing

 

Phillip Singer

“I have only just begun to create the art I have always dreamed of.” — Phillip Singer

Phillip Singer was always fascinated by the beauty, as well as the individuality, of fine art. As a child, his early impressions and inspiration came from the few art books his parents’ had on hand. The work of great masters and famous illustrators captured his young imagination. Encouraged by his parents and teachers, Singer eventually earned a full scholarship to the School of Visual Arts in New York. “Art was one thing I was truly passionate about. I wasn’t sure if I could ever be good enough to be a professional artist, but the challenge gave me focus and direction in my life.”

While studying at the School of Visual Arts, Singer was included in the Society of Illustrators student show, and won the school’s portfolio cover competition in his senior year. His professional illustration career started the day after graduation and spanned the last 15 years. His illustrations include over 100 book covers for Avon-Harper Collins, Warner Books, and Simon & Schuster.  Singer had done numerous magazine illustrations for clients such as National Geographic Magazine, and created promotional illustrations for international corporations such as  Celestial Seasonings Tea and Merck. His work has been selected many times to participate in the prestigious Society of Illustrators Annual Award Show.

But could a successful illustrator transition to the world of fine art? Singer took the plunge and the Singer Fine Art Collection made its debut in 1999 at a handful of fine art festivals on the East Coast. Featuring original oil paintings and limited-edition prints, the meticulous attention to detail of the paintings is reminiscent of the old masters, but the imaginative, surrealistic subject matter is truly unique. “I like to paint living things which breathe and pulse with life and place them in curious situations. I think the juxtaposition creates a thought-provoking sense of surreal- ism. But the image of the painting is only half the equation. The other half is technique. With every painting, I try to emulate the awe-inspiring vivid beauty and breath-taking dimension achieved by the old masters. This is why I believe I have only just begun to create the art I have always dreamed of.”

Singer is now strictly a fine artist with a discerning, growing following. “I like to see some-thing new every time I look at a painting. That’s why in each painting I create, I strive for beauty, yet hope the audience also finds it challenging, bold, smart, funny, and imaginative. When you find the ‘unexpected’ in a piece of art, that makes it worth taking home.”

 

Sharon Barrett

I started working with glass while designing window patterns for a local stained glass business in 1989 and I have since had a long, rewarding, happy career with a fantastic medium. Before the stained glass studio job I used my art education working in art departments for two printing paper suppliers and two advertising agencies while juggling work with motherhood and all that goes with it.

In 1992 my newly retired husband, Jim, and I were fortunate to be accepted into a summer long glass apprenticeship in Siena, Italy’s Vertrate Artistiche Toscane working with master artists of leaded and fused glass. I went into it with my sights on learning glass painting techniques and came away with a love for fused glass. On our return, Jim built a very efficient fused glass shop equipped with four beautiful large glass kilns. He not only organized the shop he kept this Barrett Glass Studio’s scatter minded artist’s schedule running smoothly.

Arrowmont, Penland and classes with several other glass artists added valuable skills I needed. I started applying to art festivals all over the U.S. resulting in almost as many rejections as acceptances that I quickly learned is usual for even the most talented artists. Over the years we’ve shown and sold glass in over 100 shows from Sausalito, California, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Florida where we were honored to accept awards in several shows, (the most memorable one; wearing Mickey Mouse ears to accept Best of Show in Glass at the Festival of the Masters Art Show in Walt Disney World). The many miles traveled, booth setup and teardowns for shows were very productive. One of the most rewarding parts of participating in art shows has been meeting the collectors who appreciate my work. The lasting, solid friendships we have made with other artists is also very important to me. Being surrounded by talented artists and their work always inspires me to push my own limits.

Today, keeping things closer to home, I participate in local art shows, work on commissions and orders from new and return art collectors.

I enjoy building relationships with artists I’ve met through TACA, Southwest TN Crafts and Artworks Foundation. Networking is one of the most important things we can do to build our skills and mentoring is the most rewarding. I’m having a great time teaching young artists while learning from them how to get back to the basics of the medium I love and the part that made me say “Wow!” when I first saw glass melt.

 

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