Clay Studio Tour

Michelle Arterburn

First test:  Album Display

8 photo(s) Updated on: 22 Dec 2020
  • Porcelain tile within wooden box, 7" x 7" x 2", Hand-carved stamped impressed into Cone 6 porcelain clay, glazed and inserted on commercial box.
  • Porcelain fish pendant on beaded chain, 24", Porcelain glazed fish with hand-crafted glass dichroic beads and silver findings
  • Hand-painted watercolor paintings in porcelain frames with resin top-coat, 1.5" x 1"
  • Stoneware lidded jar, 7" x 5" x 5", Hand-built Cone 6 stoneware with denim glaze
  • Porcelain Lidded Jar, "12 x 7" x 7", Hand-built Cone 6 porcelain with slip and air-brushed glaze
  • Porcelain disk earrings on gold-filled wires
  • "Four Seasons" - Porcelain tiles with hand-crafted oak frame, 10" x 8" x 1"
  • Porcelain disk Necklace on Micro-macrame cord, 20" length, Cone 6 porcelain clay, macrame cord, glass and silver beads, silver findings

Artist Statement

Michelle Arterburn, Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Michelle works in clay and other media as well, incorporating metal, wood, and found objects into her creations. I have always been fascinated with the intellectual challenge attendant to the “technical”, while at the same time, I was equally taken with the artistic side of projects. By focusing on both the complex and the aesthetic aspects, my satisfaction with the results increasingly depended on how successful I considered my efforts to have been in bringing together these aspects. Some may not see the relationship, but I recognize the contrasts and embrace the dichotomies. This may explain my desire to work in various artistic mediums; stoneware/porcelain clay, realism watercolor painting and hand-weaving. Often trading time between these mediums within a given year.

My work reflects who I am. I care about attention to detail and the nostalgic. I adore texture and pattern, weathered metal/brick, antique buttons and wax seals. I am especially drawn to the subjects of architecture, fish and vintage automobiles. I also draw inspiration from my time spent at home in New Mexico and the southern San Juan mountains of Colorado.

Most importantly, I am interested in integrating these elements, inspirations, subjects and surface into my work using various media and techniques.

I am fortunate to do what I love in a full-time manner, every single day.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:  105 Pecan Drive, Las Cruces, NM 88001

Website: www.michellearterburn.com

Email: marterburnstudio@gmail.com

My work can be seen at my Etsy Store: www.etsy.com/shop/MArterburnStudio

You can also find my work in Southern Colorado at The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center; Three Peaks Boutique, Pueblo, CO

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