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Bruci Gauthier

Mixed Media / St. Martinville, LA / Master Craftsman

Artist Statement

Clay and Pastels permit me to express my appreciation of Mother Nature. Here in my studio Solitude, I alter wheel thrown pots or hand built tiles with nature inspired relief sculpture. I may use glazes but prefer my pots to be "au naturel". All living things are featured in my pastel drawings.

Biography

I have always drawn and produced objects with my hands using Mother Nature as my inspiration.

It was only after enrolling in a leisure learning pottery class in 1994 that I was introduced to the versatility of creating art using clay. Since then I have devoted my spare time to making pottery as well as drawing. To form a clay piece, I begin with throwing the clay on a wheel forming an urn or bowl or rolling out slabs for tiles. I then sculpt my nature inspired scenes on each piece. After air drying the pieces are bisque fired. I may add a glaze to the bisque piece or high fire it "au naturel" since I prefer the finished pieces to reflect the natural clay coloring.

When at my drawing desk, I do pastel portraits of pets using images supplied by the client, as well as landscapes and fauna using images I capture on vacations or just on my farm.