Through the familiarity of the BODY, my work contemplates our shared existence and individual experience. It is my pursuit of TRUTH (trying to figure out what and how things really are). They are contemplative and sometimes ordinary statements, ubiquitous thoughts and universal principles.I am intrigued by who we are and how we live and the ideologies we embrace. My imagery is influenced by Greek & Roman sculpture, Catholic statuary, Urban, Southern & indigenous Folk Art. Some of the larger pieces utilize "stages & backdrops" - to create an environment or context. Graffiti, tagging & text are added elements that provide essence: the "I AM" - of things that distinguish and define a life.

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My ceramic figures begin with hand building techniques in groggy red earthenware because it is indigenous to where I live. The surface is covered with white terra sigillata (high in porcelain content) letting the red show through, burnished to a buffed shine and bisque fired at cone 05. I then layer with slips, under-glaze, under-glaze powders and pencils, stains, oxides and glazes. I have recently begun to include Lithograph and Serigraph printing on thin slip - firing each piece 3 to 5 times, finishing at cone 04.


nancy kubale is a full-time ceramic and mixed media artist living 50 miles southeast of Asheville in the foothills of Rutherford County, NC. She earned her BFA in Mixed Media from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. In addition she studied clothing construction at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NY, ceramics at Penland School of Crafts and sculpture at Florence Academy of Art. She lives with her husband, who has retired from performing arts management, and her studio mate Bo, a blonde hound dog mix.

Her current life and work is captivated ubiquitous truths, ordinary eureka's and everyday enlightenment.  kubale exhibits regularly at high-end Art Fairs throughout the Eastern and Midwestern U.S., including SPECTRUM during Miami Art Week, the Philadelphia Museum Fine Craft Show, The Milwaukee Art Museum Lakefront, The Mint Museum Potters Market Invitational, American Craft Exposition, CraftNEWYORK, the Washington & West Palm Beach Fine Craft Shows, as well the Baltimore and Atlanta American Craft Council shows. She participates in numerous group and solo gallery exhibitions throughout the U.S. , has works in several permanent museum collections and is published in six books, as well as numerous magazine articles. kubale is represented by Blue Spiral 1 in Asheville and Abel Contemporary Gallery in Wisconsin. She is a 2008 and 2011 North Carolina Regional Artist Grant recipient.

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