My work is clay follows two separate paths. I make sculpted creatures and functional pottery on the wheel. I enjoy making sculptures of local birds and animals. Sometimes I make fanciful creatures. I like to imagine that these creatures live in the forests and hills of Three Rivers but we can seldom catch a glimpse of them. Other times I’ll make a sculpture about something I am concerned about. A recurring theme right now is poverty. My functional pottery can be used for every day meals, but is perfect for special occasions, as well.
[artwork © Nancy Jonnum]
In the Studios with the artists of STUDIO TOUR 9, held on March 19-20-21, 2010.
John Griesbach: oil
Nancy Jonnum: pottery, clay sculpture
Shirley Keller: photography, mixed media, clay, writing
Armin Pfadisch: woodturning
Mona Selph: oil, watercolor, pastel, mixed media
“I have always been interested in art and managed to fit some creative time in during all of my busy life. After retirement, I have had more time to think about my clay creations and have so many ideas for things i’d like to make that I never can make them all. So that’s what my art life is about now–constantly trying to take these varied ideas and turn them into clay sculptures.
Three Rivers has influenced my art in two ways. I am surrounded by beauty, and I have good friends who support and encourage me.
I have shown my work in many galleries in southern and central California. Last spring I had the honor of having two of my pieces chosen for the California Clay Competition show in Davis. This is a statewide juried show and very prestigious in the world of clay.”
Nancy graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in education. She has taken pottery classes at UCSB, Rancho Santiago College, Idylwild, Gualala, Todos Santos (Baja California) and many workshops in the Antelope Valley and Mendocino. She has taught classes to children and adults and has written articles for Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times magazine and the American Ceramic Society Newsletter.
How to get Studio Tour tickets…earlybird price until March 5.