A Walk Through the Garden, Jess Quinn
A Walk Through the Garden is an invitation to stop and enjoy the beauty in the simple paintings of botanical without distraction.
Today we have too many things to do and not enough time to do them; many people including ourselves are demanding a lot from us. We hurry from one task to the other and rush through our to-do lists in hopes that once we get everything done we will be able to finally relax. Unfortunately the next demand on us usually pops up at that time and we rarely get to that tranquil state that we are all striving for. It is like we have forgotten how to enjoy life and the little moments that make it amazing.
My hope is that this invitation allows you a respite from the hustle and bustle of your life and you permit yourself to enjoy this moment.
"I draw on my love for the beauty of light interacting with porcelain and my veneration of vast landscapes to create luminous works of art. My work is ripe for wonder. Wonder provides a direct connection to our primal spirituality, which so often gets buried in our busy, minutiae-filled lives. The goal of my work is to re-awaken in viewers the inherent need we all harbor to feel part of a larger whole - and then provide sustenance for this need.
Though I am willing to use many processes and media to achieve my artistic goals, I specialize in translucent porcelain. Like many others throughout history who have been seduced by porcelain's thrall, I relish the challenge of transforming clay (so often thought of as "dirt") into a material so translucent one can easily discern color through it. I have spent countless hours researching the chemical analysis of each ingredient in my clay body, developing new methods to slip cast ultra thin panels and vessel walls, and carefully documenting each kiln that is fired. I have studied the material to such an extent, and my love for it is so transparent, that one of my good friends calls me a Porcelain Junkie. I own the title proudly."
– Amy Uthus
Amy Uthus is an independent artist living in Knoxville, IA. She enjoys gardening and teaching ceramics in addition to working in her clay studio. She is represented by Olson-Larsen Gallery in West Des Moines.