archives: Eight large ceramic tiles that depict the view from my 4th floor studio

Here is a description:

"My ceramic studio is located on the top floor of a former shoe factory that flourished in the early days of Rochester. Today the building houses a thriving artist community in the Neighborhood of the Arts. The view from my fourth floor studio windows tell the story visually: patterns and textures of old industrial buildings along the railway, early nineteenth century homes each with a different roof shape, the colors reflected from the sky onto the Memorial Art Gallery’s Cutler Tower changing from early morning to dusk , the towering trees near my studio where the migrating city crows gather in the early evening like clockwork, and the aged windows themselves covered with the branches of ivy and years of history."

These ceramic tiles represent time observing the neighborhood from my studio view.

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archived post from 2013


Art ReflectedFeatures New Work by 41 Regional Artists ROCHESTER, NY —Art Reflected: The Inspiration of 100 Years,a show and sale featuring some of the region’s best known contemporary artists, opens February 10, 2013 at the Memorial Art Gallery. For this fundraiser celebrating the Gallery’s 100th anniversary, 41 noted regional artists have created works that reinterpret objects in the MAG collection. Their new works will be on view side by side with their sources of inspiration. All the new works will be available for purchase through the Gallery Store. For a list of participating artists see the next page or visit our website. Art Reflected: The Inspiration of 100 Yearsis presented by the Gallery Council to benefit the Memorial Art Gallery. It remains on view through March 17.

me & Hans


Soft terra cotta clay is formed by hand to resemble the brush strokes inspired by the painting.

Underglazes made from clay-like colored minerals are painted on wet clay before the first firing. Underglazes are like an "under-painting," they help develop the final glaze coloring.

Details from Hoffman's painting on permanent display at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY

Below are finished details in clay of my interpretation:

I started building the base narrow and gradually built wider. The second, or middle form, fits into the base and continues up. I wanted the top to express the dynamic qualities of the painting and to change shape dramatically. I photographed the base and sketched countless variations on my iPad with a drawing app. I also used photoshop to analyze the coolness and warmth of Hoffman's colors, the push-pull effect in painting.

The photo above shows the top form drying after being built and under-glazed. Below are the three sections bisque-fired and waiting to be glazed.

Glaze testing: Before applying glazes to the form, I tested and re-tested colors. I used primarily a red glaze palette challenging myself to create a push - pull effect with warm and cool reds.

Below are images of the final vessel ready to be delivered to MAG.

Time to celebrate! Thank you MAG Gallery Council for this opportunity. Nancy

Nancy valle 2016