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 has recently taken over the management of Paseo Pottery. She is a full-time volunteer in our gallery and has launched our new charitable mission. Angela is a ceramic artist and photographer with nearly thirty years of experience specializing 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 floating markets of Thailand, and communed with snow monkeys in Japan. Angela is excited to be back home in Santa Fe harnessing her love for pottery to give back to the community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rebecca D'Agostine has a background in wood-fired production pottery. She spent two-years as an apprentice to a professional potter before working as head potter for three-years at Highland Pottery in Fletcher, VT. She has experience teaching in a community studio setting, as well as at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where she also fulfilled a pottery Post-baccalaureate in 2018. Rebecca makes functional pottery using methods of wheel-throwing and slip-casting. She is excited to be volunteering at Paseo Pottery and helping to support the many wonderful non-profits in Santa Fe.
Lauren Henriksen joined the Santa Fe community in the spring of 2017. She brings with her a diverse background in contemporary fine art and community arts. Lauren graduated with honors from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Ceramics in 2011. Since graduation in Baltimore, her passion for arts and community has taken her to explore California and Colorado, expanding her experience through artist residencies, education positions, gallery management, and more. Lauren has taught numerous ceramics classes to youth, teens, and adults in a variety of ceramic techniques. She has experience firing a range of kilns including electric, gas, wood, soda, and raku. She has experience utilizing and teaching a variety of ceramic processes including slip-casting, wheel throwing, and hand-building, and surface treatments ranging from sand blasting to china painting. Her personal practice has ranged from a portfolio of hand-built sculptures, to more recently a body of work composed of wheel-thrown pottery.
In 1998, I returned to my love of working with clay discovered during three years of high school ceramics, retraining myself on the pottery wheel and sculpting. After the end of a 21-year marriage and undergoing breast cancer treatment, to “follow the clay” became my mantra and life path. Basically self-taught, I apprenticed with American and New Zealand potters and was a clay arts instructor for 12 years. From 2005 though 2016, I worked from Aspen Vignettes studio in my gallery, The Pottery Studio Gallery, in Littleton, Colorado, representing over 50 Colorado artists. Since moving in 2017 to Chimayo, New Mexico, I work in a sunny home studio surrounded by lush foliage - an acacia runs through it. My work has been in local, regional, and national juried ceramic shows.