“NOURISH” ~ A Showing of Clay and Mixed Media Work
Shannon Castle and Christine O’Dea both received their Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees working with ceramic artist Rodger Lang at Metropolitan State College of Denver in Colorado. Both artists have continued to create with clay and often incorporate mixed media in their works. The artwork in this exhibit explores how the artists foster balance and cultivate peace in daily life.
Shannon Castle honors the creative process in various aspects of her daily life: raising children, growing a garden, cooking, making art and teaching art. As an artist, Shannon often works in multiples, using symbols and repetition as she explores both her personal narrative and universal stories. The themes of balance, loss, love, protection, and renewal are woven into her artwork. Making and remaking objects in a series is her visual prayer.
Shannon works in her home studio and teaches art at the North Fork Community Montessori School in Hotchkiss, Colorado. Shannon has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Ceramics, a K-12 Art Teacher Licensure, and a Master of Arts degree with a focus on Community Art. She has teaching experience at all levels and has sold her artwork in a variety of venues.
As a child growing up in Gales Ferry, Connecticut, in the woods and near the sea, Christine O’Dea found a rich visual environment that continues to provoke her while creating with clay. She walked and wandered, picking up pieces of the earth. She marveled at the colors, textures, and forms of stones, shells, sticks, hives, plants, nests, fish, bugs, and birds. Since those days, she still picks up these small treasures as a pedestrian in the fast paced place this world can be. She weaves them into her ceramic sculptures, interested in the dialogue that emerges from this union.
After departing from Connecticut, Christine moved to Farmington, Maine to study. In 1992, she graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Elementary Education, and a minor in Visual and Performing Arts. From there, she moved to Denver, Colorado and began studying ceramics at Arapahoe Community College. Later, she transferred to Metropolitan State College of Denver. She received a degree in Fine Arts, Ceramics, in May 2000.
After graduation, Christine began teaching ceramics in a variety of environments such as public schools, after-school programs, and art centers. She has shown her
work on and off in Denver galleries through the past years. Currently, she is interested in carrying her most recent artwork from its private, personal space into public view.
In conjunction with this special show, Christine and Shannon are offering a workshop in two sessions at the Creamery Arts Center:
Story Vessels: Creating Narrative Works with Clay
Instructors: Shannon Castle and Christine O’Dea
Participants will use form and symbols to create a series of clay vessels that hold or tell a personal story. A variety of hand building and finishing techniques will be demonstrated and discussed throughout the workshop including; soft slab construction, slump molds, screen printing on clay, non-fired finishes, and combining found objects with clay. Participants will create at least two finished vessels during two workshop sessions:
Saturday April 13th Noon~4pm & Saturday April 20th Noon~2pm
Class fee: $60/both sessions/ plus clay.
All experience levels are welcome. Ages 12~adult