CURRENT SHOW: Leslie Ansteth Colonna, Sculpture & Pottery - July 5 - 29
Leslie Ansteth Colonna, Sculpture and Pottery will be on display in the ClaySpace Gallery from July 5 through the 29th. The show’s opening was on July 13 from 12:30 to 6:00 p.m. During the opening Leslie gave a demonstration followed by a 10-minute hands-on activity in clay on figure sculpting. Participants were able to take their creations home.
Regarding her love of clay, Leslie Ansteth Colonna often recounts her students' reaction to being handed a ball on clay. "Clay, as a material, is so simple and accessible. No matter what age, what ability, once hands touch clay, the room is quiet. Everyone becomes focused." Leslie sees clay as humble, associated with the earth and the beginnings of human development. At the same time, she explains, clay, as an artistic medium, is highly sophisticated, as is revealed in the complex processes humans have developed in order to create both fine and applied art from clay. "Besides the intrinsic value of pursuing art, developing one's skills and one's critical judgment toward a personal artistic vision, working in ceramics opens the door to other disciplines. Clay teaches geology. Firing and glazing offer opportunities to understand chemistry and the history of technology. Research of world ceramics studies history, culture, anthropology, and aesthetics, the philosophy of beauty. By studying one branch of art one is more capable of appreciating other art forms. It's all right there. It's what my art and my teaching is all about."
Leslie Ansteth Colonna is a sculptor, teaches art at Lewis University and received her MFA in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She sees her work as a conceptual study of the human condition. Although she gravitates to clay, she does not limit her work to one medium or theme and feels just at home when she is creating a clay portrait bust as when she is constructing a water fountain, designing a solar heater, or painting architectural watercolors.
ClaySpace Gallery Hours:
Thursday 10:00 -2:00pm
Friday 10:00 - 2:00pm
Saturday 10:00 -2:00pm
Gallery viewing and sales are also available by appointment. Please call 630-393-2529