2nd Saturday Artwalk - June 10, 2017 thru June 30, 2017 - Melissa Dronet

 

Melissa Dronet

 

I was born in Kaplan, La. Being a full fledged Cajun influences most of my work. At a very young age I drew, painted, but it was during my years at USL, that I began to find artistic directions that encompass my work today. I enrolled in a Continuing Ed pottery class, thus developing my love of clay. Mosaics came along as a result of my training in design, and before long a natural involvement of clay and mosaics happened.
Working with clay is such a grounding, soothing therapy for me. While I am quite adept at the wheel, my preference is rolling clay slabs. Carving leather hard clay, sometimes cutting into large patterned pieces, bisque firing, underglazing, glazing for a second firing, and yes finally opening the kiln door to the finished pieces, While most of my work results are as I imagine them to be, there are some pleasant surprises. I took many painting courses while at USL, where what you see is what you get. I so prefer the unknown of kiln firing. Even the unexpected brings knowledge.
Motivation for my work is all around me. What a glorious paradise south Louisiana provides. My subject matter consists primarily of our Cajun iconography. Why create igloos when we live in such a diverse cultural community, our birds, seafood, music, architecture, etc.