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Liz Quan

Artist Statement

Even though I’ve been working with clay for over 15 years, it still harkens back to being in kindergarten. Remember playing with circle, square, and triangle blocks? Frederick Froebel’s premise as the creator of the concept of kindergarten is that free activity and the impulse to explore is motivated by intellectual curiosity. Having the opportunity to be free to discover and explore this curiosity is truly a gift. I extend this activity of play, onto the viewer, with the invitation to touch and hear the sounds of interacting with the work.

Clay, as a medium, allows me to feel completely untethered and yet fully engaged. It’s qualities are forgiving with endless possibilities. My intuition emerges as I discover new forms, lines and textures. I am also intrigued by the strength of multiples: separate pieces are united to create a cohesive new individual form. The abstract expression and formal qualities of my sculptures work together to evoke a personal feeling and unique connection with the engaged viewer.

Artist Bio

I love building and creating things. There are many mediums I’ve explored including wood, leather, paint and fiber. It would be amazing to pursue them all, but clay is the medium I’ve focused on over the years. I took my first class in ceramics in 2001 while I was an Art Director in the publishing. I’ve designed for companies such as American Express Custom Publishing, Town + Country magazine, J.Crew, Travel + Leisure magazine, Food + Wine magazine, Gaiam, Interweave Press, and Shambhala Publications. In 2005, I moved to Boulder, Colorado from New York City to pursue a post baccalaureate in ceramics at the University of Colorado. Since then, I continue working as a graphic designer and playing in my ceramic studio in Boulder. I've exhibited at Walker Fine Art in Denver, Madelife in Boulder, the Firehouse Art Center in Longmont, and the Arvada Center in Arvada, CO.


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