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Tanya Tyree Creates Sculpture in Raku, New Show Opens December

Posted on November 27, 2012 by Virginia

Raku by Tanya Tyree, C'ville Arts Gallery, Charlottesville downtown mallOpopular member Tanya Tyree will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of December. She will be at the gallery on December 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’sFirst Friday event.

Tanya Tyree creates feminine figurative clay sculptures and her current work is an exploration of happiness, love and wisdom. Her raku fired clay sculptures are hand-built and created primarily from flat slabs of clay with some altered wheel-thrown elements.  Focusing on simplified forms with intricate surface development, each sculpture is incised with abstract drawings that build on its mystery.

The pieces are bisque fired and then treated with copper and colored glazes. The glazed pieces are fired in a small gas kiln, removed while red hot, burned, and reduced in combustible materials, and quickly plunged in coldwater. This violent process is called “Raku” and it curiously alters the glazes by flashing unpredictable hues and tones, making each work unique in form, design and surface.

“My goal is to create works that convey a mood, connecting you to its mystery.”  Tanya said, as she described the painstaking process of Raku. To learn more about this artist visit her web site www.2artstudios.com

Journey

49″ x 7″ x 7″ ,  Raku fired sculpture    

$2900 ,  available for sale

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Pair - Raku fired wall sculptures- Sold today at the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

Biography

About

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Raku fired clay sculptures created by Tanya Tyree are all one of a kind and created in Afton, Virginia.
Tanya Tyree was born in Richmond, VA and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Art from Virginia Commonweath University in  1994.  She found her passion for clay after graduating from college.  Having focused on Art Education and painting while at VCU,  Tanya’s influence in clay is not traditonal.   After teaching high school art for six years in the state of Virginia she choose to work full time as a clay artist.  Tanya’s current clay sculptures are inspired by many contemporary artists like Marc Chagall,  Henri Matisse, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso,  Gustave Klimt as well as African, Asian and Islamic art forms.  Her education in clay is from self exploration and years of trying to break free from traditional ideas.  With an intention to create works that are completely original, she hopes her work touches the spirit of the viewer. Her pieces are often considered peaceful and uplifting.  To see more of her works please check out her website at www.tanyatyree.com
Location 161 Avon Road, Afton, VA 22920

Awards Best 3-D Art – Bonita Spring Fine Art Festival,  Bonita Spring, FL – 20122nd Place Sculpture –  Vero Beach Fine Art Festival, Vero Beach, FL  – 2012

Best of Clay –  Boardwalk Fine Art Festival,  Virginia Beach, VA  – 2010

1st place Sculpture – Mount Dora Fine Art Festival, Mount Dora, FL – 2009

1st Place Sculpture – Waynesboro Fall Folliage Festival, Waynesboro, VA 2008

Artist Statement

TanyaTyree

Artist Statement

My new series of raku fired clay forms are hand-built sculptures created primarily from flat slabs of clay with some altered wheel-thrown elements.  Simplified forms with intricate surface developement,  each  sculpture is incised with abstract drawings that reveal it’s mystery.  Breaking free from traditional ideas my clay works have developed a spontaneous and fresh new life. The pieces are bisque fired and then glazed with copper and colored glazes. The glazed pieces are fired in a small gas kiln, removed while red hot, burned, and reduced in combustible materials, and quickly plunged in coldwater. This violent process is called “Raku” and it mysteriously alters the glazes by flashing unpredictable hues and tones, making each work unique in form, design and surface. My goal is to create works that convey a mood, connecting you to its mystery.

I’ve been working with clay since 1992 and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelors of Fine Art in 1994. I am currently a full time artist and exhibit in art shows across the country. I am the sole creator of each work from its original design conception to completion. My raku clay works are an evolution in process with each form being a unique continuum of my artistic destination. Please visit my website to learn more about my work and exhibitions.

2 Art Studios – Tanya Tyree

161 Avon Road, Afton, VA 22920

tanyatyree.com

Evening Star

Raku Fired Wall Sculpture

38″ x 7″ x 2″

$750

Sold – Private Collector in Atlanta, GA