contemplating  truth

My work contemplates our shared existence &  individual experience. I am intrigued by how we live & the ideologies we  embrace. They become notes &/or reminders of ubiquitous & universal  truths; ideas that are insightful & transformative. As figures/form, I have  been influences by Greek & Roman sculpture, Catholic statuary &  indigenous folk art. As ideas, I am inspired by poetry, secular philosophy, sacred texts, as well as modern culture. I am inspired  by observing and paying attention.

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My ceramic figures begin with hand building techniques in red earthenware clay with a high grog content.  I use red clay because of its relevance to where I live. I layer the surface with terra sigillata, slips, underglaze, stains, oxides, glazes, and underglaze pencils and powders, I utilize both lithography and serigraphy techniques on slip – firing each piece three to five times.  Text is often added as an element that provide essence; the “I AM” – of things that distinguish and define a life.

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nancy kubale


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 by 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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