Beth Cavener Stitcher’s very large animals in clay were my first exposure to clay sculpure. Her large scale building techniques, as well as surface treatments, and subtle exaggerations of the animal form are a constant obsession for me. The way she has pushed the boundaries between the animal form and human mind is stunning.
Nick Mackman is an artist that I recently discovered among the many current ceramic sculptors who study mostly the animal form. She draws inspiration from her work as a rhino keeper and her experiences on safari. I especially enjoy her use of hair and wires as well as stains to produce a very realistic and unique animal portrait. She chooses to portray animals as one might portray a person. Each piece has its own feelings, and its own personality.
Hannah Souffer is a printmaker and illustrator. Her pieces all use different natural elements collaged with rich patterns and textures. Her compositions bring the animals to life, and create a very unique contrast between the elements of form and pattern.