|Biography from Dana Gallery:|
|Montana artist, Christine McKay, was born in Honolulu and raised near
Seattle. Her birthplace, the lush Northwest, and the inland
Rocky Mountain country, have all had tremendous influence on her
artwork. Indigenous cultures from those diverse locales shaped
her passions and subsequent interests in prehistory, its ancient art
form, and world mythologies.|
She received a BFA from the
University of Montana in Missoula, where she augmented her art studies
with archaeology and anthropology. Her current medium is clay,
mostly porcelain. She uses the slab building method, some
throwing and coil work; often time combining all three.
She works out of her private mountain studio and lives with her husband, horses, cats, dos, and diverse Montana wildlife.
When I discovered clay I found a way to incorporate two
passions...drawing and sculpting. I prefer to have my hands and fingers
directly engaged with my medium, so I'm happily drawn to those where I
can brush my fingers over a page or a clay surface, feeling the response
of the elements under my fingertips. There is often a sensation of
deep connection to ancient artisans when working with clay or charcoal,
as though time is no barrier between me, a Paleolithic artist or a
Neolithic potter/sculptor. I'm quite a loner, but in those moments I'm
touching in with the deepest of friends and times I wish I had known.
fire at Cone 6 Oxidation (electric), primarily using a porcelain clay
that I get from the well-known Archie Bray Foundation in Helena MT.
It's a lush porcelain that suits throwing and hand building. I settled
on oxidation firing because I work with so much detail; painting and
carving. Cone 6 retains those efforts as well as creating durable
outdoor pieces. Over time and much experimentation I've found a pallet
of glazes, pigments and methods that create toasty and earthy surfaces
which meld with the organic attachments I sometimes include.
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