Art Talk: Patti Warashina

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Art Talk: Patti Warashina
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Gage Academy of Art says
Once upon a time, ceramic art meant teacups and teapots, bowls and vases.

Patti Warashina is a leading figure in the movement to free clay from the kitchen and the mantelpiece, exploiting its ability to create figurative works of madcap imagination and wit.

She is best known for her squadrons of highly animated women, women whose appearance, gestures, and boldly colored “clothing” bring to mind rafts of synchronized swimmers, chorus girls, or celestial spirits, with unlikely animal companions as friends.

Everyone is talking and engaging, playing or meditating, but what else – less obvious – is going on? Artist, Seattle Times critic and Gage co-founder Gary Faigin will talk to Patti about her personal identification with the female figures she creates, the stories she weaves in her own mind around them, and how they relate to the world of “real” women – or not.

We’ll find out more about her process, how the figures evolve and interact as they take form in her studio, and how they have changed over time.

This is a special opportunity to learn from an artist with several decades of work pursuing a highly singular and very appealing vision.
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By: Gage Academy of Art

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