Studio Artists

Clay Space private studios are occupied by an eclectic groups of individuals representing a variety of disciplines and interests.
Current Clay Space Studio Artists
Barbara Herman | Ceramics
Leah Howell | Ceramics
Jim Laub | Ceramics
Kathy Turner | Ceramics
Ellen Davidson | Ceramics
Phoebe Cole | Ceramics
Beth Parsons | Ceramics
Mariah Rose Williams | Ceramics
Damon Harris | Ceramics
Heidi Fikstad | Ceramics
Helen Kaufman | Ceramics
Mari Corrigan | Ceramics



Artist Statements
Barbara Herman
My pottery is primarily wheel thrown porcelain. My pieces are inspired by garden scenes. I derive my designs from actual places I have been or from my imagination. The brushwork is influenced by Chinese brush painting. I love to paint and I love to use clay. Combining painting with clay work is a natural evolution for me. My hope is that each piece is delightful to use.


Bonnie King
You may meet Bonnie King welcoming you to Clay Space on a week day morning.

Fun! Clay is fun. Touch it; feel it; mold it to a form that's been swirling in my brain.

Earth, dirt, clay. I feel the ooze of life's beginning in my hands. Clay is elemental and I love to see what it can become. All of the infinite possibilities of what is in the universe are in my hands. The glazes, the enormous range of the color palette, remind me of the minerals of the earth.

And then the clay goes into the fire and you have to let go of yourself, let go of your vision and let the fire have its way.

After the firing, you have a piece, a part of you and a part of the earth. There is nothing more satisfying.


Melody McKenzie
After many years as a fiber artist, Melody McKenzie has fallen in love with clay. In her studio at Clay Space, she explores hand building with porcelain, creating delicate organic forms. A perfect leaf, or a scrap of lace become tools to create impressions in the clay. Melody shows her work at the Saturday Market and Holiday Market, as well as at studio sales at Clay Space.

John Sconce
I’m an Oregon native but lived in California and Washington before coming back to Oregon four years ago. Many of my photographs are taken here in the Willamette Valley although there are also a number of shots taken in rural areas of Washington.
 
Photography has been one of the most consistent aspects of my life. In college I was a marine biology major with a minor in scientific photography. I’ve been a science teacher, owner of a stained glass business and a medical lab technician, in addition to a number of other short-lived occupations. But I always loved photography. Being semiretired, I now have the opportunity to take it more seriously and am printing and framing a collection of my recent work.
 
My photographs begin as 4x5 transparencies and are then scanned and printed digitally. I use only archival materials. Hope you like them.

jsconcephoto.com
I had been introduced to Clay Space while working at the Karin Clarke Gallery on Willamette Street a few years back. Jim Laub had come in and left some brochures about the studio spaces for rent. I went and to check them out and have been hooked on Clay Space for several years now.

I really like landscapes, they are a major part of my work. My art consists mostly of acrylic paintings and sometimes I will venture into print making. Some of my acrylic paintings are started on location,either with a plein air group or when vacationing, and then later finished at the studio.

Come visit my studio and say hi, I'd love to see you there. Studio #4

My work is currently showing in The Gallery at The Watershed. 

This space is a wonderful gallery representing 11 artists. Be sure to check it out.

This is my web site address.
reneemanford.com 

This is The Gallery at The Watershed address.
www.facebook.com/tgatws 

thegalleryathewatershed.blogspot.com/ 
I had been introduced to Clay Space while working at the Karin Clarke Gallery on Willamette Street a few years back. Jim Laub had come in and left some brochures about the studio spaces for rent. I went and to check them out and have been hooked on Clay Space for several years now.

I really like landscapes, they are a major part of my work. My art consists mostly of acrylic paintings and sometimes I will venture into print making. Some of my acrylic paintings are started on location,either with a plein air group or when vacationing, and then later finished at the studio.

Come visit my studio and say hi, I'd love to see you there. Studio #4

My work is currently showing in The Gallery at The Watershed. 

This space is a wonderful gallery representing 11 artists. Be sure to check it out.

This is my web site address.
reneemanford.com 

This is The Gallery at The Watershed address.
www.facebook.com/tgatws 

thegalleryathewatershed.blogspot.com/ 
Renee Manford
I had been introduced to Clay Space while working at the Karin Clarke Gallery on Willamette Street a few years back. Jim Laub had come in and left some brochures about the studio spaces for rent. I went and to check them out and have been hooked on Clay Space for several years now.

I really like landscapes, they are a major part of my work. My art consists mostly of acrylic paintings and sometimes I will venture into print making. Some of my acrylic paintings are started on location,either with a plein air group or when vacationing, and then later finished at the studio.

Come visit my studio and say hi, I'd love to see you there. Studio #4

My work is currently showing in The Gallery at The Watershed. 

This space is a wonderful gallery representing 11 artists. Be sure to check it out.

This is my web site address.
reneemanford.com 

This is The Gallery at The Watershed address.
www.facebook.com/tgatws 

thegalleryathewatershed.blogspot.com/ 
I had been introduced to Clay Space while working at the Karin Clarke Gallery on Willamette Street a few years back. Jim Laub had come in and left some brochures about the studio spaces for rent. I went and to check them out and have been hooked on Clay Space for several years now.

I really like landscapes, they are a major part of my work. My art consists mostly of acrylic paintings and sometimes I will venture into print making. Some of my acrylic paintings are started on location,either with a plein air group or when vacationing, and then later finished at the studio.

Come visit my studio and say hi, I'd love to see you there. Studio #4

My work is currently showing in The Gallery at The Watershed. 

This space is a wonderful gallery representing 11 artists. Be sure to check it out.

This is my web site address.
reneemanford.com 

This is The Gallery at The Watershed address.
www.facebook.com/tgatws 

thegalleryathewatershed.blogspot.com/ 
I had been introduced to Clay Space while working at the Karin Clarke Gallery on Willamette Street a few years back. Jim Laub had come in and left some brochures about the studio spaces for rent. I went to check them out and have been hooked on Clay Space for several years now.

I really like landscapes, they are a major part of my work. My art consists mostly of acrylic paintings and sometimes I will venture into print making. Some of my paintings are started on location, with a plein air group or when vacationing and then later finished at the studio.

Come visit my studio and say hi, I'd love to see you there. Studio #4

My work is currently showing in the Gallery at the Watershed.

This space is a wonderful gallery representing eleven artists. Be sure to check it out.



Mariah Rose Williams
Utilizing the potter’s wheel as a primary tool, I create porcelain vessels inspired by my interests in Eastern Philosophy and Asian ceramics. My fascination with Asian ceramics stems from functional forms created during the Song and Ming Dynasties in China. Particularly inspiring are the works adorned with the sacred lotus flower and glazed in traditional celadon. The methodologies of Eastern Philosophy and design have truly fascinated me and significantly influenced my work.

Functionality generates a purpose for my designs, but I often consider form over function. I strive to create vessels that don’t have a specific intended use, but rather allowing a form to generate it’s own purpose. I contemplate filling these vessels with elements of vitality, nourishment or plant life, giving the forms an essential impact on life.

The processes involved in pottery making motivate me and allows for constant reflection. The never-ending challenges that arise keep me excited, and the subtleties embedded within each form continually captivate me.

Donna Yutzy
As a jewelry designer, I am tempted by textures and persuaded by patterns. These characteristics are inherent in every piece I produce, from a simple pin or pair of earrings to the most intricately woven chain, sculpted pendant, or paneled bracelet.

 

I make all of my jewelry from special clay that contains tiny particles of silver mined from recycled metal. Silver clay, as it is called, is a delightful and limitless medium. It can be shaped, carved, molded, stamped, and sculpted. And once it’s fired, it can be highly polished or less so, and finished with pearls, stones, glass beads, or other unusual artifacts.

 

Every piece is unique. Though I usually sketch out an idea ahead of time, I find that mood, materials, and the creative process often determine the final design. My most popular and best-selling pieces are usually ones that I made for myself.

 

The pieces in my current collection are inspired by nature — random swirls in sand or snow, the twists and turns of a tree branch, the motion of grasses swaying in the wind. A splash of gold adds warmth and brightness, in sharp contrast to Oregon’s dreary winter days. 

 

As an avid cyclist, I tend to thrive on forward motion. But designing and fashioning jewelry out of metal clay helps me feel calm and centered. In addition to teaching metal clay classes each month, I try to take at least one course annually from a new instructor to help generate inspiration and provide time for self-reflection.

Barbara Herman
Barbara Herman
Barbara Herman
Bonnie King
Melody McKenzie
John Sconce
Renee Manford
Renee Mansford
Mariah Rose Williams
Donna Yutzy
John Sconce
Racoon Prints
John Sconce