Since I began to see myself as an artist, I have been fascinated by the “hands-on” experience of being a maker. Direct connection to creative material fully captures my attention. Initially clay provided me with a total, up-to-the-elbows experience. Beginning as a production potter I concentrated on the “home”. Creating functional, table-top design was to be my focus for over 50 years. My work has been featured in magazines including Tableware Today, Gourmet Magazine, Architectural Digest and Martha Stewart Living. I have been represented at Museum shops throughout the United States including SFMOMA in San Francisco, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC and the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. Work has been exhibited in design galleries and specialized boutiques throughout the United States and Canada. From 2001 to 2008 I was a Consulting Designer for Dansk International.
The discipline of working on the wheel and creating product needed to be balanced with experimentation. Focusing on color and using clay as a canvas, I began to make tile both for commercial and residential use as well as “just for fun”. Puzzles, Landscapes and Mosaics balanced my product line and while building a wholesale Art for the Table business I played with pieces that allowed me to explore the variations in surface I could achieve with spontaneity.
Life’s transitions provided impetus for new expressions of creativity.
Recently I have discovered PAPER! Mixed-media, “word-driven” collage has become my new creative expression. Surrounded by papers, inks, paints, glues and odds & ends (and clay), I approach the work as though each piece tells a different story, captures a memory or an idea and changes before my eyes as I layer, alter and continually experiment.
As I continue to explore my creative drive I particularly love sharing my discoveries with students by exploring their experiences and helping them express them through their work. www.judithweber.com
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