Chic Lotz Ceramics

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My off-grid solar studio is located 30 minutes North of Nevada City,CA, along the middle fork of the Yuba River. Take Hwy 49 North, past North San Juan, turn left onto Moonshine Rd. Go 3 miles to 13620, but call first for gate code: 530-288-3200. Its a beautiful drive through the Foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. A rural setting with 20 acres provide hiking through a pine, manzanita, and madrone forrest. Camp grounds and boating nearby at Bullards Bar Reservoir.


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About my work Influenced by the movie “Winged Migration,” I became interested in the effect of pollution and sprawl on the bird population. Reflecting my interest in the outer landscape and the nonverbal communication of our inner landscape, I began making birds that investigate issues of identity. Born of whimsy, they bear only a slight resemblance to any particular species. Instead, they reflect human personality types, creating the impression that each bird has something definite to say. Viewers often find meaning in the nuances of a particular stance, the tilt of the head or the shape of a wing. The juxtaposition of human qualities upon a bird can be both startling and humorous. At first, the sleek bird vases, bowls and platters provided a tempting surface on which to develop colorful glossy glazes that created a feathery impression. The work matured into sculptural teapots and pitchers with carved textures and a shift towards a satin matte surface which highlights these features. With quality craftsmanship, the “ChicBirds” actually pour well and feel good in your hand. The fact that they can make you laugh out loud is another enjoyable aspect of my work.


Background information: Chic Lotz, artist and teacher, has worked with clay for over 30 years. She directed the Ceramics Department at Marietta Parks and Recreation in Atlanta, GA , owned her own ceramics school, The Potter’s Wheel, in Grass Valley, CA and exhibited in galleries around the country. Chic presented a lecture on Glaze Basics for high school teachers at the National Ceramic Educators Conference (NCECA K-12 Forum) in 2007. Her glaze articles and poems have been published in Clay Times Magazine (Jan 07), Pottery Making Illustrated (Nov. 07) and the Potters Council newsletter (Jan-May 08). Chic has presented glaze workshops in California at the UC Davis Craft Center, Alpha Ceramics in Sacramento, the Mendocino Art Center and the Mud Hut Ceramics Center in Nevada City. In 2006, she produced a DVD, “What Makes a Glaze” and is currently writing “Glaze Basics For Beginners”, a hands-on workbook for beginning glaze students.


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