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Jodi Walsh


What clay body do you use?

"Stoneware"


Primary forming method?

" Oritatmi Nendo: folding clay"


Primary firing temperature?

"Cone 6"


Favorite surface treatment?

"Slip Imprint, Textured Mark Making"






Good Fortune  (Detail)





Good Fortune



Favorite Tools?

"Chop Stick, Texturing Tools ."



Cocoons


Describe your studio environment.

"I share studio space with my husband, Ron Loyd. We have a work live space with approximately 1000 sq feet devoted to ceramics."




Scrolls  (Detail)










Silos Installation












Scrolls




How/Where do you market and sell your artwork?

"I work with several galleries in the US and UK, National and International Art Fairs, Art Consultants. Online Presences: Instagram and website.

My FaceBook account is used to communicate mainly with the art community."












Module 8x8  (Detail)


Vision of Unity





Module 8x8



What sparks your creativity? What drives you to work with clay?

" Discipline – I TRY to be very disciplined with my studio time and ethics. This leads to expanding my creativity. The texture in nature finds its way into all my work."              




Circle Red (Detail)




Earth 1







Circle Red




Gorge



Did you come to ceramics from a different career? Tell us about your journey to a ceramics career.

      "I was Director of Marketing Communications within GIS (Geographic Information Systems).

      I have created most of my life but left corporate 20 years ago to devote myself to the arts. After years of working with texture on canvas I was burnt out and needed to add another medium. I fell in love with the works of Ruth Duckworth and Margret Boozer and that was it. Now I needed to find a method to differentiate myself from the rest of the ceramists. Oritatami Nendo: folding clay was born. It’s like origami except I fold clay instead of paper."



      Cubes Vertical






      Bells (Detail)



      Cubes Blue Moon



      Bells



      How have you have taken your experience as a well-established maker in the field and passed that knowledge along to your other artists?

      "I collaborate with others on projects and share information with young artists. I had a column in The Artists Magazine called Best Business Practices for 10 years. They produced a 4 set CD of my 12 STEP Program for Artists: The Art of Doing Business."




        Hope






        The Power of Purpose



        What’s the best advice you’ve been given by a fellow maker, mentor, or teacher?

          Ceramist Ani Kasten and Dancer Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit, have been a huge influence in my creative career. Discipline is their message."


          Module 6 x 6





          Module 6 x 6 (Detail)








          Circle Cube


          Website URL and other social media platforms:

          Website:  www.jodiart.com

          Instagram: jodiartmaker

          Facebook: Jodi Walsh

          Bio:

          Jodi’s journey began in 1967 when she ventured from her native Canada to explore Europe and the Far and Middle East. The colors and textures of Taiwan and Bangladesh, as well as the rich patters intertwined in the histories of Africa and European countries became part of her soul.

          Jodi is a self-taught artist whose talent emerges in every piece she creates. Inspired by nature, she utilizes a process call “Oritatami Nendo: folding clay”. Her unique style resonates across all cultures and styles.

          It is rare for an artist to fully recreate the intimate connection we all feel to nature and earth, but through her use of natural and environmentally safe materials and her eye for design, Jodi manages to do just that. It is not unusual to see people smelling and touching her work. Jodi encourages her clients to arrange wall installations so they are part of the creative journey.” Grace Renee Gallery

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            Houston, TX 77266

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