Porcelain sculpture and works on paper

By Fran McConkey

Edna Dickinson will be showing porcelain sculpture and Kathleen Cammarata  works on paper on Sunday, December 1, 1 to 4pm at Esperanza Studio, Alameda 6, colonia San Antonio. The two artists will show small works entitled: “Paper Clay” by Dickinson and “Works on Paper” by Cammarata.

Art Opening “Small Works”
By Dickinson and Cammarata
Sun, Dec 1, 1-4pm
Esperanza Studio
Alameda 6
Col. San Antonio
No cost

Dickinson works with paper clay because the addition of paper gives clay the added strength to create unusual forms. The idea behind these pieces is recycling, that something beautiful and interesting can be made from discarded material.

The process begins with collecting different sizes of toilet paper rolls and assembling them in rows to form interesting shapes. She coats each piece with liquid paper porcelain clay in order to build up the surface enough to withstand firing. Dickinson said, “These pieces do unexpected things when they are fired due to the cardboard being coated on both sides with clay which can form pockets where the clay puffs out, sometimes almost closing the form.” They are glazed with a soft clear matte glaze and high fired. The finished product is a cluster of soft white tubes.

The appealing part of these forms is the juxtaposition of an everyday thrown-away product such as toilet paper rolls with an elegant, fine and historically revered material such as porcelain clay.

Dickinson will also be showing delicate glazed porcelain tubes bundled and tied together, “Kindled Bundles.” These long thin tubes have fascinated her for several years, inspired by plant and sea life. They have a spiky dangerous quality while at the same time being white, delicate and elegant, opening to show the translucent glazed interiors. These tubes are now clustered and loosely bound into groups, a collection of pieces tied together.

Dickinson is a member of ZOHO gallery at Fabrica de Aurora and a small cooperative studio in San Miguel de Allende, which draws people from San Francisco, New York, New Mexico, Boston, Canada and Mexico. It makes for a lively working environment.

Ten years ago, Edna and her husband, Mike Kleimo, a painter, moved from Seattle, Washington to San Miguel partly because it is a town that retains a rich colonial charm but more importantly because it is a mecca for the arts. They have found San Miguel to be a stimulating place to live and to work.


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