Ericka Norris

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Artist Statement

Coils, magic rocks and fire. My fascination with the pottery of the Southwest began at Beloit College where I studied pottery and installed a exhibit of Mimbres  pre-Columbian pottery at the Logan Museum of anthropology. Having lived in many places, I am pleased to call New Mexico my home or maybe it called me home. Working in the Southwest tradition of coil building was enhanced by the good fortune of studying with Sumi Von Dassow up in Denver. She taught me how to coil and burnish like a pro. More importantly she got me to take a risk and quit throwing tightly formed functional ware. When I coil or hand build the inner critic goes: I know not where. Thus freed, everything but what I am working on melts away. The forms bubble up from deep inside. I would like to think the resulting vessels contain some of that spirt and energy and that it can be shared.

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