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Ilona Romule












Ilona Romule





Ilona Romule is a studio artist from Riga, Latvia. She received her Masters of Fine Arts Degree from the Latvian Art Academy. Ilona has world-wide international recognition with her self-made plaster model moulds and slip cast porcelain sculptures. Ilona is known for her use of ironic and erotic imagery both in the form of her fine porcelain pieces and also in the surface decoration with the china paints. In ceramics Ilona is interested in the opportunity of three dimensional expression, using the scope of graphics and painting. Traditionally she works with porcelain. Ilona supplements her sculptural works with fine painting in overglaze technique, thus developing plastically expressive compositions, participated by human, animal and peculiar hybrid figures. In the motives chosen by the artist, figures settle in form and material in the game of symbols and character situations.

Ilona’s unique and high quality artwork has allowed her opportunities to work inside world-known porcelain industries such as the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2005 she participated in the International Storytelling Ceramics Symposium in Guldagergaard, Denmark. Every year since 2003 Ilona has participated as invited artist at Masters' meeting at the International Ceramics Studio in Kechkemet, Hungary.

For the first time artist worked with the porcelain from Herend porcelain manufactory 18 years ago in the International ceramics studio, Kecskemet, Hungary. Most of her works have been created there. Ilona does not tolerate superficial attitude towards material. She listens to porcelain and it suggests, dictates its’ own rules, each time offering new outlines of the figures and thus creating the special artistic manner characteristic for the works of Ilona Romule.

Ilona Romule is member of the Latvian Artists Union and the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC). Her recent achievements in international competitions include the 6th International Contemporary Porcelain Triennial in Nyon, Switzerland, the 2nd World Ceramic Biennale in South Korea and the 1st , 2nd and 3rd International Triennial of Silicate Arts in Kecskemet, Hungary.

On a regular basis Ilona holds lectures in USA - at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, the Southwest Craft Center in San Antoni, the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas State University, Ohio University, University of Illinois, The University of Michigan, etc. Ilona has lectured also in various other universities, art centres, studios all across the world - Culture and Art Centre in Finland, Australian National University in Australia, Ege University in Turkey, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Israel, etc.

In total Ilona has given 42 presentations and lectures relating to her own practice and international experience in various International Symposiums and Ceramics Conferences. Ilona has led 13 plaster mold making and China painting workshops at Universities and Art Centers in Hungary, USA, China, Australia, Turkey, Israel.

Ilona has been an invited artist to a number of International Symposia, including “Porcelain in Other Way”, Walbrzich, Poland (2003); “Storytellers. H. C. Andersen”, International Ceramics Research Centre, Denmark (2005); Porcelain Symposium in Zibo Bone China factory, China (2009).


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Deborah Kaplan Evans




Deborah Kaplan Evans




I have never been content to create work that merely pleases the eye or enhances the decor; nor do I want my work simply to mean something. I prefer to demand more from both my viewers and myself: I want to arrest the eye and hold it long enough to engage the viewer in an ongoing emotional and intellectual response.
Although my undergraduate and doctoral degrees in English literature from the University of Chicago are hardly traditional training for an artist, I believe this academic background has strongly influenced my creative life. I see the arts as essentially inseparable; my studio is always filled with the sound of classical music, and my breaks are filled with good books. I believe that one of the challenges of life is to integrate rather than separate the various strands that make up any individual.
My sculptures, sometimes whimsical, sometimes disturbing, confront us with the complexity and confusion in our attitudes towards many aspects of life. In my current work I return to my ongoing fascination with the individual human face. working on a relatively small scale, I have been pursuing themes of aging and the passage of time--the accretions of living as well as the loss and diminishment that accompany age. The faces are direct and specific but at the same time, I hope, referential to what is universal in the human experience.
















Education:
The University of Chicago, B.A. 1971, M.A. 1972, Ph.D. 1976, in English
Art classes at Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA

Selected Awards:
Honorable Mention, “Da Yu Ziao Hu”: Second International Small Teapot
Competition, 2006 (piece purchased by Saddleback College)
Aftosa award, California Clay Competition, The Artery (Davis, CA), 2005
Signature Member of Watercolor West, 1997
Signature Member of National Watercolor Society, 1995
Sybil Moschetti Award: Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition, 1995
First Place in Watercolor, Beverly Hills Affaire in the Gardens, Spring 1994
$1000 Purchase Award in Brand XX: 20th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, 1990






Kathryn Rush







Katy Rush  - Kathryn Rush

Artist's Satement: These sculptures are created in reaction to how women are portrayed in popular culture and the politics of gender relationships. They relate to how women view themselves and how women are viewed. I present a narrative, using images of women, which explores the expectations of femininity and identity.







Katy Rush is an adjunct professor at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Crafts from the University of Illinois and her Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of Florida. In 2005 she received the Emerging Artist Award from the National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts. She is an Albert Murray Grant recipient, and has served funded residencies at Watershed Center for the Ceramic arts, Walbrzych Porcelain Factory, Walbrzych, Poland, and at Guldagergaard, Danmarks Keramikmuseum, Museum of International Ceramic Art, Denmark.

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Suhair Sibai





SUHAIR SIBAI

Displacement, Alienation and Modification of the "self" and "identity" are the apogees to Suhair Sibai's work.

Suhair Sibai was educated as an artist in the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles, where she experienced first hand the Uniqueness and Discord of multiculturalism mingled with the Hollywood world imagined.

According to Sibai:
"‘Ideas and ideals are mixed and morphed; metaphors are understood and misunderstood according to context and audience; cultures cross and clash. All the while, the authentic Self – if there is one – is via distortion, alteration, and compromise, made and unmade, struggling to transcend limitations and cultural barriers’".



















Born in Aleppo-Syria in 1956, Suhair Sibai lives and work as a full-time artist in United States of America. Selected solo and group exhibitions include Lahd Gallery, London-U.K (2013); Medina Gallery, Tangier-Morocco (2013); Foundation De La Mosquee Hassa II, Casablanca-Morocco (2013); Qatara Gallery, Doha-Qatar (2012); Public Art Center, Damascus-Syria (2010); Syrian Cultural Center, Paris-France (2009-2006); Khan As'ad Pasha Gallery, Damascus-Syria (2004); AlSayyed Gallery, Damascus-Syria (2004); West Gallery, Los Angeles-California (2006-2004-2001); Lancaster Museum, Los Angeles-California (2000).


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