Clay Studio Tour

anna bush Crews 

8 photo(s) Updated on: 14 Dec 2023
  • Bounce, Raku with crawl glaze and cone 5 obsidian clay with soda wash, 25Hx5Wx4.5D
  • ‘“Dying is not very exciting”, Ed Grothus’, detail of 4 figurines 1.5Hx6.5Wx20L inches long, Raku fired, oxides, obvara, glazes, totalling 14 figurines on a bed, 2019, Tortilla Factory s
  • Dysfunctional vase, oxides, glaze, Raku fired, 18.5h x 5w x 4d inches, 2017, Gateway to Imagination, show 2019
  • NOR-33, mid-range fired, mixed clay, soda wash, 20.5h x 7.5w x 6d inches, 2023
  • NOR Cliff dwelling, mid-range fired, mixed clay, soda wash, 22h x 9w x 6d inches, 2023
  • NOR Hood, mid-range fired, mixed clay, with base, soda wash, 26.5h x 12w x 10d inches 2023
  • Relic from the future, Raku fired, paper clay, 10Hx10Wx15.5D inches, 2018, TAAC Spring show 2024
  • NOR Snow flurry, mid-range fired, mixed clay, soda wash, 20h x 7w x 4.5d inches, 2021

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A return to Taos, my original home, led me to study ceramics at UNM, Taos, as an alternative to the unwieldy remodel of an adobe house, then as an artistic engagement with the ultimate material—just add water!
The nature of the material demands attention to its inherent qualities, the way it smoothes, or not, the way it stretches or breaks up in actions that make the shapes and form the sculpture, the way it looks next to another clay body, the way it fires, the way it shrinks.  All in all, there are infinite variables.  This has led me to expect the unexpected and be open to what happens—demanded by the characteristics of the clay, and the processes that can result in surprises.
Intuition also plays a large part, with my hands and ideas working together.
The bare clay over forms references the processes of geological time, changes that come through heat and pressure.  Now on a small, human scale, the sculpture that I make tries to harness the magic of the endlessly moving and changing earth. In an ongoing body of work, NOR (Nature Of Reality), I consider the layering inherent in everything, the compressing, melding, distorting, and resulting changes that happen through the process of life, human and geological. A balance of forms, an asymmetry with balance, is an intention.
My work as an lecturer in photography started in Zambia in the mid ‘70s and continued in different settings and various teaching situations in Botswana, England and Wales, becoming a Senior Lecturer at the Newport School of Art & Design, University of Wales, at that time having a large photography program.
I have had the opportunity to live in cultures not my own and this has given me valuable perspectives, and a breadth of references not always instantly accessible as such, but there, hiding in the folds of time, lurking, changing, and reforming, influencing what presents itself in the present.   Photography has given me the opportunity to look, study, and be present in looking at what is before me.

Contact Information

email: crewsannabush@gmail.com

studio open by appointment:

22 S Espinaza Road

Rancho de Taos, NM 87557

Recent Group Shows:        

Gateway to Imagination, Farmington, 2019

Black Hole/Atomic City (State of Decay),Tortilla Factory, Albuquerque, 2019

Fall Arts, Honorable Mention, Taos 2019

Bareiss gallery, Taos, 2021

Wright Contemporary, Taos, 2022

Reflections in CLAY, Silver City CLAY Festival, 2022

Fragments, STRATA gallery, Santa Fe, 2023

TACC Viewpoint:  Abstract Minimalism, Taos, 2023

Tularosa Downwinders Exhibit, Brannigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces, 2023

Artes de Decartes, Taos, 2023

Open Wall, Harwood Museum, Taos, 2023

Small Works, STRATA gallery, Santa Fe, 2023

Upcoming:  TAAC Spring show, Taos 2024

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