The Potters’ Nook
Clay Works by Kathleen Kanas and Tara Spires-Bell
Open same hours as Hoffman Gallery
Hoffman Center for the Arts | Clay Studio
November in the Potters’ Nook
works by Kathleen Kanas and Tara Spires-Bell
Welcome to the Potters’ Nook featuring ceramic artists associated with the Hoffman Clay Studio.
Located inside the Hoffman Gallery, these ceramic works are offered for immediate purchase. Visit us during Gallery Hours – listed below
I was raised in the Pacific Northwest spending time in the outdoors with family and friends learning to appreciate our surroundings and regional heritage.
That along with an early exposure to basket weaving in grade school at the age of twelve had a big impact on my attraction to weaving. My career in elementary education allowed opportunities to share that appreciation in lessons connecting culture to the environment.
Residing in Manzanita, Oregon during those years teaching, I found my extra time revolved around exploring how natural materials and different weaving techniques could be used to create both traditional and contemporary basket forms. The results of that exploration led to participating in local craft fairs, acceptance into juried art shows, teaching basketry to children and adults, and eventually opening and operating the 4th Street Studio and Gallery which was a featured segment on Oregon Art Beat in 2009.
Currently hand building with clay, I have started to incorporate natural materials in the pottery form. This idea challenges design, construction and aesthetics in each piece, bringing renewed energy into the creative process.
I discovered ceramics when I wanted to make an urn for my mother, who passed away from cancer five years ago.
I soon fell in love with everything about pottery. I like to think that my mother brought me to this creative outlet.
I love creating pottery that highlights the natural color of the clay body along with vibrant glazes to complement.
I enjoy playing with textures and colors inspired by nature. I learned the basics from my friends at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita, Oregon. I also did a work exchange with Ken at Horseshoe Gallery, in June Lake, California.
I currently live in the beautiful Pacific NorthWest in the small coastal town of Wheeler, OR. When I am not working as a teacher in a Montessori school or throwing pots, I enjoy surfing, hiking, mushroom hunting, and rock climbing.
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