I’ve been an artist ever since I held crayons. I decorated everything and made endless mud-pies. I was the busiest, messiest kid on the block.
It was logical and practical of course to study medical technology, that was until I took a painting class. Liver flukes lost their glamor, replaced by my real passion, mud-pies. I graduated with a B.S.F.A. from the University of South Dakota, and continued making art, and still continue. I feel like the guy in “Close Encounters” making the lumps of clay into Devils Tower, not knowing why, just knowing he must.
My creations are spontaneous. I see compelling images in a lump of clay. The clay speaks to me, wills itself into a certain form. I am fascinated by shape, color, and movement. For me making art is a way of seeing, being, and thinking. I am grateful that earth formed art previously known as mud-pies replaced microorganisms. Hope you enjoy!
Larry Gabbard began his pottery career after moving to Kingston, TN. His initial training began at Oak Ridge Art Center. Most of Larry’s pottery is wheel thrown, but he seeks out unique alternative kilns and firing techniques. Some of his alternative firings are: raku, horse hair, saggar, obvara, and pit firing. Larry seeks out well known potters and attends workshops to learn their unique techniques. He has attended classes at John Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, Hambidge Center for Creative Arts at Rabun Gap, GA, Mudfire Gallery, at Decatur, GA, as well as the ORAC at Oak Ridge, TN. Larry enjoys fast-firing techniques which create a rich variety of textures and colors on bisque clay. He finds the unexpected marks made when clay, heat, and smoke interact to be among the most intriguing and challenging of finishes to perfect and reproduce.
Member of: Foothills Craft Guild
Art & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville
Art Market Gallery of Knoxville
Oak Ridge Art Center
Linda Sullivan, who holds an MFA in ceramics, creates functional and sculptural vessels out of stoneware and porcelain clays. Inspired by various landscapes and drawing on her strong background in painting, she employs a unique glazing process by pouring and overlapping her glazes in a purposeful, painterly way to depict landscape imagery. She says, “viewers of my work often verbalize about being reminded of landscapes from their own personal experiences and [share with me] the memories that the imagery evokes.”