Wk#15: Artist Conversation – Amy Duran

IMG_5048.JPGExhibition Information

Exhibit: Love Houses

Media: Ceramics

Gallery: Gatov East and West

Instagram: polkadot.pony

Website: It is not up to date.

About the Artist:

Amy Duran is an undergraduate working towards her BFA in Ceramics. Duran transferred from Cypress College and currently attends California State University, Long Beach. She will graduate in the Spring of 2017. She does not currently have plans for graduate school. Outside of her studies, Duran works as a cake decorator. Her work definitely shows her passion. She got into sculpting when she started to play with play doh.

Formal Analysis:

Duran created beautiful floral designs and piping on ceramic pots. Her friend Luis drew his ideas on paper, while Duran sculpted and piped the design. The dynamic duo were able to create beautiful and unique ceramics. She created the pots using a pottery wheel and piped the designs by hand. She blended the liquid clay and made it into the frosting consistency.

Content Analysis:

Duran loves watching movies and fantasy. Outside of sculpting and piping, she loves to work with stop motion art like The Nightmare Before Christmas. She was inspired by The Little Red Riding Hood, but she wants the viewer to be able to recreate the story in their head rather than have a story given. The title of her work is called Love Houses. She creatively combined her last name as well as her friend’s. Since her last name is Duran and Luis’ last name is Casas, which translates into “Love Houses.” I thought that was really cool idea!

My Experience

Walking into the Gatov East Gallery, I noticed A LOT of ceramics. So many stood out to me, but I especially liked Love Houses. For starters, I have no idea how to make pots, but it looks so interesting. I personally liked how the flowers were so Hawaiian looking. I really liked how she was able to use different patterns that I feel like really complemented each other into an overall well made designed pot. 

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