Lee Akins, Marc Digeros and Lilly Zuckerman share some common interests in their ceramic art: the use of red clay, soft surfaces and a personal design quality that lead to this three person show.
Lee Akins is originally from Texas, and spent time in Taiwan as a youth. He currently is a full time artist living in Rinconada, NM, and teaches at Santa Fe Clay. His coil-built vessels have historic references, and incorporate figurative imagery. The majority of his pieces are “female forms inspired by fertility figures found in most early cultures.” Lee finishes his heavily textured surfaces with rustic glazes that accentuate the warmth of the terra cotta clay.
Marc Digeros patterns and slab builds his functional pieces. They are architectural in nature, possibly from the inspiration surrounding his work as model shop manager at Frank O. Gehry & Associates in Los Angeles. The colorful graphic surfaces follow the sweeping lines of the pieces, and hint at the red clay in a color palette of soft yellows, pinks, browns and teals.
Lilly Zuckerman currently resides in Missoula, MT. She starts all her pieces from a solid block of clay. The form evolves as she pinches up the walls, neither adding or trimming away clay. The final forms are simple yet seemingly complex platter-like pieces. The raw beauty of the clay, and her everlasting finger prints finish the surface of her quiet pieces.