American b. 1957, Ohio, based in Stockbridge, VT
Deborah Goodwin works in hand built clay slabs, embossed with textures of lace or jacquard, to create functional forms referencing apparel construction techniques, and inspired by fabrics and trims.
Goodwin began her career in the arts studying wheel-thrown and other production pottery techniques, and producing stoneware for cooking and table use. The artist then pursued a 20 year career in the apparel industry, first in Chicago, then New York, where she designed, produced, and sold garments to national department and specialty store chains.
Located in Stockbridge, Vermont since 2007, Deborah Goodwin has launched ShapeShiftas to market and produce her soft sculptures, pillows called ShapeS©, and has most recently returned to ceramics.
I like to make things. Pottery, pillows, or even pickles, I like the work of making useful things that are also beautiful (or delicious). I also like figuring out how to make things. In all my work, I pay close attention to the processes needed to achieve my ideas.
I approach clay in a very exuberant and improvisational way, even as I carefully construct my functional forms and focus on the details. I hand build most of my pieces, referencing apparel construction techniques, inspired by fabrics and trims that surround me in my studio. I’ll emboss flat slabs with textures like lace or jacquard to create a “base-layer” for my ceramic surfaces, which I try to enhance with underglazes and glazes. I like the play of fiber and ceramic and try to make forms that retain a feeling of softness and movement hardened into shape. My cone 6 stoneware is functional with a fun twist. Enjoy!
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