The wonderful immediacy, when working small in clay, is turned on its head when working large. The forms are more dictated by the clay itself. What is structurally possible and what is not. I push at the edge of possibility and the clay constantly teaches me in this process. Many years as a scenic artist (IA Local 829) carving on Broadway sets and for the Metropolitan Opera House quelled my interest in tabletop scale and stirred my interest in the “tableaux vivant” experience.
My outdoor sculpture is large but not monumental; it is more personable in scale. It is not derivative or representational; has no narrative, yet has a sense of being inhabited. I am interested in the energy between the sculpture and the viewer, not in making idealized form. All my clay sculptures are unique, a method which permits maximum spontaneity and reduces refinement. I develop a form in series until I am sated and ready to explore another form.
Fired clay, properly installed, is a very suitable medium for outdoor sculpture, requiring little to no maintenance, has no material value as is the problem with bronze. I am happy to discuss this with anyone who has an interest.
Spur-of-the-moment drop-ins, are too disruptive and so I do not have an open studio.. However, I welcome those who will make a prior appointment. Contact me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Put Studio Visit in the subject line with a brief message and your contact information. I will get back to you. Or, you may try 575 289-2417 and see what happens.
For Sale: Randal Kick wheel
This is wheel for a more integrated, physical throwing experience. A kick wheel offers more flexible control than an electric wheel, especially for throwing large works. This Randal wheel has 150# flywheel for long spinning time; adjustable tractor seat is attached to the frame to permit great pressure to be applied while throwing; deep detachable catch basin; flywheel rim can be motor adapted (but what’s the point of that?). It has two heads: bucket and trimming, as well as a bat mold to pour bats which fit the bucket head. The bat molds allow freshly thrown large work to be removed from the wheel without damaging the thrown piece while they firm up. The footprint is a 40” x 40” area; weighs approx. 275#. This wheel will last forever and I don’t believe it is still being made. I know I will not return to throwing and I need the space in my studio. Asking $800.00 for all.
Exhibitions: Current and Recent Past
Second Place Jurors Award, Exhibition for Outdoor Sculpture at the Abiquiu Inn. This is a year long installation on the grounds of the Inn, current ending May 2024. There are three ground standing groups there.
"Primavera" installed at the entrance to the Taos Ceramics center, current.
"Up Lifted", NMPCA Annual Celebration of Clay Show, Best in Show Award, TCC, Taos, NM, 2022
"Emergence" Taos Ceramics Center 4/16- 6/4/2022 2022.
Recipient of 2021 Sternberg Prize, Award of Excellence, Sculpture Walk, Evergreen, CO
Sculpture purchase, City of Albuquerque
My working Studio Area is about 1000 sq. ft. inside with outdoor work areas useful in different seasons. The work areas allow me to overlook and interact with my garden while awaiting the druthers of clay. The studio is kept warmer than the house in the winter used as an incentive to get out there and work.
The kiln is a Minnesota Flattop propane fed kiln under a shed outside, to the right in the picture, Firings are highly influenced by weather conditions .
Clay Studio Tour
NM Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts https://newmexicowomeninthearts.org/sara-lee-dalessandro
The Marks Project
Celebration of Clay