Anne Stecker, Ceramic Artist

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From the geometric designs of ancient cultures to the brazen color of the Fauvists, art history has been my inspiration and has provided a foundation for creativity to blossom. My artwork continuously illustrates my love of pattern, design, contrast and color.  These forms are influenced by my experiences and travel, as in the contrast of hues in the high desert rock formation landscape and the intricate and nature-inspired Art Nouveau lines in the architecture in Prague and Paris.  Images generated during meditation in my spiritual life often take form in the clay and illustrate an aspect of search and exploration.

I create functional pottery combining the techniques of hand building and wheel throwing and utilizing impressed textures along with diagonal, circle and spiral motifs.  The clay is further manipulated by pressing, twisting, and carving.  All glazes are lead free and I apply them in such a way that they break on the textured clay surface and impart variegated color. They are fired in soda  and wood kilns which creates a variety and depth to the surfaces.

Along with my three-dimensional work, I also create relief tile murals ranging from small single tiles to large public installations.  I am honored that Salem Hospital, Liberty House Child Abuse Assessment Center, and Family Building Blocks’ Chelsea’s Place and Gracie’s Place have chosen to display my large public works.

I am grateful for the opportunity to work each and every day at my passion.