Thursday, October 11, 2012

Artist Reception for Kay de Lange

The Art on the Divide Gallery invites you to view the ceramic vessels of Kay de Lange during the month of October, and to meet the featured artist at the reception held on October 14th from 2:00 to 5:00p.m. 

Please join them for Kay’s reception, and have some refreshments as you browse through the gallery and enjoy the fine art of more than 12 local artists.

Kay’s art education started in 1956 when she majored in Art Education at Miami University of Ohio.  She later transferred to Cleveland Institute of Art.  For two years she worked hard at learning her craft under an internationally acclaimed Japanese American potter, Toshiko Takaezu.   Kay’s work is very much influenced by Tochiko, and Japanese pottery. 

In 1960, Kay left for the Philippines to marry Al, a Filipino Industrial Designer.  They founded a furniture factory, and raised a family.  While in the Philippines, Kay was involved with the Potters’ Guild and Craft Council.  Nearly 28 years later, Kay moved to the house that they built in Garden Valley. 

Kay continued her art education taking workshops at Cosumnes River College, graduated with a BA in Ceramics and Sculpture from CSU Sacramento and then a double master in Counseling and Art Therapy in 1994.  She worked in the schools, at EDC Mental Health and private practice, using art as a modality to help her clients.

Now, Kay’s focus is on hand building vessel forms that are more sculptural than utilitarian.  She uses pinch, coil and paddle to shape the pots, and then tries to finish them in ways that will enhance rather than detract from the form.  Some pieces are burnished and sawdust fired and others are coated first with oxides.  Her most recent vessels are glazed inside but only partially on the outside.

Kay says that “working with clay is a combination of technique, technology and artistic talent. However, the final product is always a result of the fire Gods.  This is what makes the art form so challenging.”

Please join the Art on the Divide Gallery in celebrating Kay’s accomplishments.   They also invite local artists who may be interested in joining Art on the Divide's cooperative to stop in and pick up an application. The gallery is located in one of Georgetown’s historic buildings at 6295 Main Street. Additional information is available at, or 530-333-2787.  October hours are 10-5, Friday-Sunday.    

 Blog Post information and picture courtesy of Art on the Divide Gallery.

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