monday morning eye candy: Joyce St. Clair ~ Guest Post by Ceramic Artists Now

Balance of excess in color,
adornment, and form is a challenge to achieve. Joyce St. Clair is pushing hard to find
and defy this balance. Her functional pottery teeters on the edge of this
balance while she seems to not actually care whether or not there is such a
thing as “too much”. This works to St. Clair’s benefit as her work takes the viewer
into a much richer and decadent reality while using and living with her work.
The viewer is also given a source of endless entertainment within the mass of
decorative elements lumped together; eyes can pass from flower to flower to
brilliant swirl to leaf and back a hundred times in a unique order always with
new shapes and colors and glaze runs to enrich the experience. St. Clair’s
forms are quite elegant and exaggerated while retaining some very strict
utility within their stable feet, generous rims, and comfortable handles. While
red, blue, and green are colors we constantly see in nature, there is something
slightly supernatural about St. Clair’s glaze palette, which regains humanity
when it loses control, running and pooling over the clay. 
St. Clair earned her BFA in Ceramics from University of North Texas in Denton, Texas and her MFA from Wichita State University in Kansas in 2014. She was named an Emerging Artist of 2015 by Ceramics Monthly and is currently a long-term resident at Red Lodge Center for Clay in Montana.


Thanks again to our great Guest writers from Ceramics Artists Now. Make sure to check out their website for more amazing ceramic based artwork.

monday morning eye candy: Kari Radasch ~ Guest Post by Ceramic Artists Now

The joyful and cartoony work of Kari Radasch aids the mind of the viewer in creating their own unique experience. Her work is playful and exposes mistakes and marks, each piece being its own doodle, sketch, and work of art all at once.

Radasch infuses her pots with inspiration from old Hallmark cards, Copenhagen China, old-school Tupperware, cake, candy, and textiles. The result is delicious pottery that looks nearly edible, like a uniquely decorated cake fit for a child’s birthday party (one of those elaborate cakes made more to show off to the other parents than for the actual child).

Radasch has been known to work on mosaic house projects that are far more artistically developed than that of your average home-owner, redoing her kitchen backsplash and entire shower. When your life is a work of art, it is indeed reflected in your pots; Radasch’s pots are certainly full of life.

Radasch received her BFA from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine and her MFA from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. She has been an NCECA emerging artist, Salad Days Resident at
Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and spent a summer working at the esteemed Kohler Factory. On her website, Radasch generously shares all of her recipes and techniques for making. She is currently living in coastal Maine and teaching at the Maine College of Art.

Thanks again to our great Guest writers from Ceramics Artists Now. Make
sure to check out their website for more amazing ceramic based artwork.

monday morning eye candy: Zak Helenske – Guest Post by Ceramic Artists Now

Zak Helenske puts to use similar languages to create a thread across different bodies of work. He makes functional pots, installations, and cast iron sculptures. At first glance, these various works and different media may not seem related to one another. However, his different works carry corresponding elements that quietly remind the viewer of his thread of inspirations including architecture, industrial aesthetics, and pattern.

Helenske describes part of his inspiration saying, “I am charmed by the anti-monumental, and challenged by the spatial balance between pottery, architecture, and community.”

Within his pottery, Helenske uses simple, varied cylindrical forms and lightly treated surfaces with remnants of pattern and other line work. The decoration references structures and are reminiscent of blueprints or bridge support cables. By using an atmospheric soda firing method, Helenske sacrifices some control over the outcome of his pottery. This process, though, ties his work together as the soda acts to the porcelain like nature and elements do to architecture.

Helenske speaks of the importance of pottery, “Pots are a part of our domestic infrastructure, facilitating rituals of beauty, nourishment, and gathering.”


Helenske received his BFA from North Dakota State University and his MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Crafts with a concentration in ceramics and ceramic sculpture. He has been an artist in residence in foundries, casting workshops, and ceramics studios, including Pottery Northwest in Seattle, Washington where he now lives and works.

Thanks again to our great Guest writers from Ceramics Artists Now. Make sure to check out their website for more amazing ceramic based artwork.

Guest Blogger Intro: Ceramic Artists Now

For most people at this time of year there’s not a lot more exciting then the annual NCECA conference, but let me tell you that in this magnificent world of ceramics there is always inspiring and wonderful things happening.

One of the perks of our community is that there are so many generous people that are willing to jump in and do incredibly charitable things for other artists. There was a great quote recently by Molly Hatch as part of the Think Big series where in she referred to the idea of “a rising tide lifting all the boats”. I adore this quote. I’m a strong believer in the need for us to work together to strengthen the community; whether through education and exposure, creation of opportunities, sharing of resources and knowledge.

It seems that every chance we get to explore new social media platforms (check out all of the stuff happening over on Periscope as a prime example) we jump on board wholeheartedly with generosity and willingness to give back.

When I recently stumbled upon Ceramic Artists Now and was thrilled to see this new website up and running. What a wonderful resource and addition to our community. The folks behind the website are Rachel Donner, Agnes Z Blume, and Jeremiah Butters. I really encourage you to head over and have a look around. Read the contributors bios, and get to know some of the incredible artists they are showing.

I’m eager to be working with them over the next few weeks having them select monday morning eye candy for us to enjoy. So go check out their website, sign up for their newsletter so you don’t miss a thing, and come back to musing after to enjoy the work of

 Candice Methe. 

Happy Monday Everyone!

See you at NCECA this week,