Playing in Clay.

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Josh Pickens had his hands creating objects as a woodmaker and furniture maker for a few years after completing his MFA in relief printmaking from the University of Arkansas.  He currently is an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Judson College

Now Josh uses his hands to play in the clay, creating stoneware jugs and bottles that are coil-built and carved.

"Hand building clay is my preferred method as it is slow, process oriented, and is akin to woodworking or furniture making, but the advantage of being a malleable medium.  The patterns and textiles I carve onto my pottery are influenced, in part, by music, textiles and stonemark.  They are also derived from my own relief prints and carved with printmaking tools."

Josh's pottery has a unique look from any we have seen. You can view his collection in the gallery or on our web site

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