The 17th Annual Western Loudoun Art & Studio Tour

WLAST

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 7, 8 & 9, 2024

10:00am - 5:00pm NOTE: Not all studios open on Friday, June 7

Kristen Swanson

Ceramics

White House Ceramics Studio
16 E. Pennsylvania Ave.,
Lovettsville, VA 20180

Catoctin Region Cluster, 2024 Stop #8

About

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Porcelain: Small Cups
Wheel thrown, hand painted and carved porcelain. Grolleg porcelain, underglaze, glaze.

I have been working with porcelain since my second year of college in 1991. My fondness for this extraordinary material and my love of working in clay continues to grow year after year. My pottery is made with a mid-range English grolleg porcelain clay body and fire to cone 7 in oxidation in an electric kiln. My original designs are hand painted and carved using a technique called sgraffito, meaning to scratch. I use a variety of brushes, blades, and slip trail bottles to apply pigmented clay slip, or underglaze, to the unfired clay body. Once surface work is complete, pieces are bisque fired, clear glazed, and fired a second time to vitrification. Asian art has long been an influence in my work — my childhood home was filled with Asian furniture, tapestries, scroll paintings, and sculpture. I am further influenced by both traditional and contemporary textile patterns as well as traditional botanical motifs. I am committed to functional ceramic art and want my pieces to be used

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Porcelain: Boat, Dogwood, and Medallion Vase Trio
Wheel thrown, hand painted and carved porcelain vases. Grolleg porcelain, underglaze, glaze.
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Porcelain: Chickadee Mugs
Wheel thrown, hand painted and carved porcelain. Grolleg porcelain, underglaze, glaze.
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Porcelain: Mini Porcelain Bowls
Wheel thrown, hand painted and carved porcelain. Grolleg porcelain, underglaze, glaze.
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Porcelain: Grouping of Porcelain Pillow Boxes
Wheel thrown, hand painted, and carved porcelain pillow boxes.
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Porcelain, underglaze, glaze: Porcelain Vases and Jars
Wheel thrown, hand painted and carved porcelain vessels.
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Porcelain, underglaze, glaze: Ramekins
Wheel thrown, hand painted and carved porcelain.
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Porcelain, underglaze, glaze: Porcelain Vases with Lupines
Wheel thrown, hand painted and carved procelain.
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Porcelain, underglaze, glaze: Porcelain Ramen Bowls
Wheel thrown, hand painted and carved porcelain.
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Porcelain, underglaze, glaze: Porcelain Candles
Wheel thrown, hand painted and carved porcelain.


Available from this artist:
Dinnerware including mugs, tumblers, bowls, vases, jars, plates and platters.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - June 7, 8 and 9, 2024

Map and Directions:

Catoctin Region Stop #8

Directions to White House Ceramics Studio:

From Route 287 North, before you arrive in Lovettsville, turn right on Loudoun Street (just past the gas station and firehouse), then turn left on Pennsylvania Avenue. The studio is the first house on the left.

Park in the driveway parking area and go through picket fence. Follow path to studio in the back.

Supplement these directions with the Google Map location.

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You can also find this artist on Instagram as www.threads.net/@kkswanson and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100044261054690