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Born in the seaport town of Newport, Oregon and later working in Washington State’s Pudget Sound, where she studied Graphic Design, Ferguson’s interest in art has been richly influenced by ocean surroundings and nourished by assisting, studying, and working with coastal artists and native elders.

Using stoneware or earthenware, Ferguson hand builds each work and uses a variety of oxide stains (usually copper and iron), clay-based slips, color pigmented underglaze, and sgraffito techniques to establish surface visuals. She utilizes many firing methods appropriate for each work, with a preference for atmospheric firing. How the surface elements attract and cast flame plays an integral role in the evolution of the story that ultimately engages the beginning of her next work.

“My goal is to establish a form and surface visual that expresses an edge of uncertainty and vulnerability with the power to initiate a dialogue with the story discovered within — a story that invites pause and ultimately engages our next move.”

Selected exhibitions
2019
Rough Stuff: A Celebration of Wild SurfaceCavin-Morris Gallery
2018
Storytellers: Path to the KnownCavin-Morris Gallery
2017
Surfing the Lotus ThreadsTansey Contemporary
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Battles Left Behind, 2016

Hand built lidded vessel; stoneware, flashing slip, glaze, oxide stains, gas fired in soda, bone, glass, dandelion seed, wire, silver, leather
17 × 13 1/2 × 10 in
43.2 × 34.3 × 25.4 cm
Unique
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New York
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Born in the seaport town of Newport, Oregon and later working in Washington State’s Pudget Sound, where she studied Graphic Design, Ferguson’s interest in art has been richly influenced by ocean surroundings and nourished by assisting, studying, and working with coastal artists and native elders.

Using stoneware or earthenware, Ferguson hand builds each work and uses a variety of oxide stains (usually copper and iron), clay-based slips, color pigmented underglaze, and sgraffito techniques to establish surface visuals. She utilizes many firing methods appropriate for each work, with a preference for atmospheric firing. How the surface elements attract and cast flame plays an integral role in the evolution of the story that ultimately engages the beginning of her next work.

“My goal is to establish a form and surface visual that expresses an edge of uncertainty and vulnerability with the power to initiate a dialogue with the story discovered within — a story that invites pause and ultimately engages our next move.”

Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works from Storytellers: Path to the Known
Other works by Melanie Ferguson
Other works from Cavin-Morris Gallery
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