MEET THE ARTISTS
Paseo Pottery was founded in 1991 as an artists’ co-op of sorts by three of Santa Fe’s most renowned ceramic artists: Janet Williams, Mike Walsh, and Ginny Zipperer. The work of these founding potters is currently for sale in our showroom, along with pieces by artists Ron Strauss, Angela Smith Kirkman and Douglas Hough.
ANGELA SMITH KIRKMAN
Angela Smith Kirkman, a ceramic artist with nearly 30 of experience who volunteers all of her time and specializes in rustic dinnerware influenced by years of travel. She recently returned from a journey around the world during which she hiked the Inca Trail, snuck into a communist headquarters in Bulgaria, rode camelback through the Sahara, caught the swine flu in Istanbul, was chased out of the Grand Mosque of Uqba, lived on a vineyard in Portugal, taught at a tribal school in Rajasthan, biked through floating markets of Thailand, and communed with snow monkeys in Japan. Angela has recently taken over Paseo Pottery and launched its new charitable mission.
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Douglas Hough is a graduate of Pratt Institute School of Art in New York City where he majored in painting and paid his way through school by working for a production potter. He relocated to the land of entrapment in the 90s and has been on the Santa Fe art scene ever since. You may have seen his sculptures around town, perhaps even sipped an espresso from one of his hand-carved mugs at Vinaigrette.
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Ron finds the inspiration for his pottery -- mostly bowls -- in the esthetics of Asian ceramics, adhering to a simplicity of form and glazing techniques that echo the traditions of China, Korea, and Japan.
Using both red and white clays, he works in high-fired stoneware that is food-safe and fine in the dishwasher. Each piece is individually wheel-thrown and hand-glazed.
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It was while earning a B.S. in art education that Mike got his first taste of working in clay. Graduation was soon followed by an apprenticeship which led to working as a full-time potter. In the past few years Mike has devoted part of his time to teaching ceramics to both high school and adult students.
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Ginny Zipperer's most recent pottery is inspired by the strong personalities and trickster nature of crows and ravens. The bas relief sculptures she began in 2010 were initially inspired by a Joy Harjo song that describes 3 crows by the side of the road and the singer's speculation about whether this was a routine coffee klatch or an omen. She was so taken with the image that she had to execute it in clay. She has found that she really enjoys the bas relief process and has made it the focus of her current work. The raven, messenger between the spirit and material worlds, dominates these pieces, but other animals and plants, the landscapes and architecture around me, as well as old pick up trucks have all inspired Ginny.
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Janet Williams has retired after making pottery in Santa Fe, New Mexico for more than 40 years. Her work is inspired by the landscape and culture of the Southwest. In addition to the showroom at Paseo Pottery, Janet's pottery has been featured at the Museum of New Mexico Gift Shop in Santa Fe, Mountain Arts in Ruidoso NM, Esteban's in Sedona AZ, Friends and Neighbors in Austin TX, Reliquary in San Francisco CA, The Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma WA, and Mociun in Brooklyn NY.
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