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Nell Devitt

Birth Box

Smoke-Fired Wall Tiles

Artist Statement

Statement I try to live and work with clay in a simple, direct way. Connecting with the earth through the timelessness of clay provides me with a balance for experiencing American pop culture, post-nuclear world politics, and music of all kinds. With clay, the images, symbols and systems affecting my life through media, advertising and consumer products can be turned into meditations on finding the truth

Technique These clay tiles are made individually with a slab roller. A template is used so that the basic patterns can be duplicated in limited numbers. The use of slips, oxides and different carving techniques allows me to vary textural detail. Each tile is then smoke-fired with straw, producing a highly varied surface. The imperfect and uneven quality is intentional.



1994		I am committed to quality, integrity in design, consistency and a
		sense of professionalism.
1985-1993	Worked with various post-firing techniques. Began American
 		Craft Council Craft Fairs.
1978-79		Set up studio in Bloomfield, Indiana and began producing a line 
		of functional stoneware pottery and experimenting with various 
		forms of Raku and post-firing techniques.
		Marketed directly to galleries and craft shops, and traveled to
 		juried craft fairs.
1976-1977	Apprenticed with Ono Yoshi, Kasama, Japan
1974-1975	Apprenticed with Sun Hai Pottery, Huntingburg, Indiana


1993		Crafts National, University Park, PA;
		Group Show, Art Forms, Red Bank, NJ;
		The Fine Art of Fine Craft, Gallery G, Pittsburgh, PA;
		Holiday Group Show, Avante Gallery, Cleveland, OH
1992 		Shadow and Light, Adams Art Gallery, Dunkirk, NY;
		Two Person Exhibition, The Gallery, Bloomington, IN
1991		Monarch Tile National, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 
		San Angelo, Texas
		The Covered Vessel, Placesetters, Florham Park, New Jersey
1990-91		American Craft at the Armory, American Craft Council, 
		New York, New York
1989		Primitive Fire, The Clay Pot, Brooklyn, New York;
		Fireclay Group Show, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, 
		Louisville, Kentucky
		Indiana Crafts Invitational, Artlink Art Space, 
		Fort Wayne, Indiana
		Two Person Exhibition, The Gallery, Bloomington, Indiana
1988		The Art of Clay, Harcus Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
		Clayfest '88, Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
1987		Women in Clay, Leeds Gallery, Earlham College, 
		Richmond, Indiana
		Clay Spectrum 5, Craftsman's Gallery, Scarsdale, New York
		Treasure Boxes, Pinch Potter, Northampton, Massachusetts
		Clayfest '87, University of Indianapolis,
		Indianapolis, Indiana
1986		Pottery About Pottery, Pinch Pottery, 
		Northampton, Massachusetts
		One Person Exhibition, Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
		Collector's Choice, America House Gallery, Tenafly, New Jersey
		Two Person Exhibition, The Gallery, Bloomington, Indiana
1985 		National Crafts Invitational, Hamm Brickman Gallery, 
		Albany, New York
		Contemporary Design and Decoration, Artlink Art Space, 
		Fort Wayne, Indiana
1984		Earthenware: Red, White and Black, Pinch Pottery, 			Northampton, Massachusetts
		Clayfest '84, Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
1983		One Person Exhibition, Brown County Craft Guild, 
		Nashville, Indiana
1982		Indiana Potters Guild Invitational, Indiana University South, 		Albany, Indiana
1981		 National Cone Box Show, Purdue University, 
		Lafayette, Indiana


	Art Forms, Red Bank, NJ                     
	The Gallery, Bloomington, IN
	Art Effect, Chicago, IL
	Avante, Cleveland, OH
	The Conservatory, Ann Arbor, MI 
	Roche Bobois, Philadelphia, PA
	Cross Harris, New York, NY 
	Show of Hands, Denver, CO
	Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Discoveries, Tustin, CA

COMMISSIONS 1988-1993 Domus Realty Limited, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; U.S. Trust Bank, Corporate Office, Boston, MA; G. Bosworth, D.C.C.A., Wilmington, DE; Pawling Properties, Architects, Kupieckoutsomitis, New York, NY; Positively Fourth Street, Bloomington, IN;

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