Alice Federico’s pottery whimsy

 

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Twin handled footed vase – Alice Federico

 

 

Alice Federico adheres to forms that tend to abandon pure symmetry and are slightly askew, while maintaining the grandeur of  tall and stately classical shapes. Large and playful handles, extended lips, unpredictable folds and cascading ribbon handles add to the character of her pottery art. Her coarse surface textures and faded glazes manifest the allure of an artifact from antiquity weathered by time. Merging the appearance of functional and sculptural with the innate gracefulness of the traditional pottery forms elevates the charm of her pottery art. She indulges a sense of playfulness that was instilled in her by her first teacher, Rita Marlier, to create expressive, whimsical, animated pieces which are pulled, twisted and wrapped into curious shapes. Sculptural in emphasis, but still posing a relationship to the vessel, the pot form.
Historical pots have always had an influence on her work, including Chinese Sung ware, Greek vases, and Italian folk work. It comes as no surprise to learn that she trained as a historian at Hollins University (1967), before doing her MFA in ceramics from East Carolina University (1977), as well as a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute (1983). Sometimes she uses anagama Japanese-style wood-fired kilns in Montana for her flamboyant pottery wares.

I’ve added some pottery from Linda Hoffhines as she also creates forms that ooze character and have spontaneous, colourful shapes and bold textures that project attitude, whimsy and humor.

 

Alice Federico

 

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Alice Federico, footed planter

 

 

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Large ribbon handled vessel – Alice Federico

George Billis Gallery

 

 

Three slender and tall ceramic vases - Alice-Federico

Three slender and tall ceramic vases – Alice Federico

 

 

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Alice Federico hand painted vase

 

 

Alice-Federico--classical-styled-vessel with crackle glaze

Alice Federico–classical styled vessel with crackle glaze and long handles

George Billis Gallery

 

 

Alice-Federico white vase with elegant handles

Alice Federico – off-white vase with elegant handles

 

 

Footed ceramic vessel with asymmetrical handles

Footed ceramic vessel with asymmetrical handles –  – Alice Federico

 

 

green vase with winged handles - Alice Federico

Alice Federico

 

 

Skewed ceramic vase with blue handles - - Alice Federico

Skewed vase –  – Alice Federico

 

 

Alice-Federico=-bulbous vase with long neck

Alice Federico – bulbous vase with long neck

 

 

Tall ceramic vase with ribbon handles – Alice Federico

Height 17.5 inches – 1st Dibs

 

 

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Celadon green vase — Alice Federico

 

 

 

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Alice Federico footed vessel

 

 

Alice-Federico tall vase with large base---Art-Essex-Gallery

Alice Federico tall vase with large flat handles

Art Essex Gallery

 

 

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Alice Federico  —  tall vase with abstract textural surface

 

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Alice Federico ceramic vessel

George Billis Gallery

 

 

Lucie Rie inspired baluster vase  – Alice Federico

 

 

Alice-Federico-red-vase with coarse texture

Alice Federico red vase with coarse texture

 

 

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Alice Hohenberg Federico, vase, 2010

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum

 

 

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Footed bulbous vase with large handle – Alice Federico

2009

 

 

Asymmetrical vase Alice Federico with ribbon handle

Asymmetrical vase – Alice Federico

2014

 

 

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Tall slender vase with sinuous handles – Alice Federico

2015  Work 20.5 inches

 

 

Vase with long flared base - Alice Federico

Classical form vase — Alice Federico

Art Essex Gallery

 

 

Alice-Federico-.ceramic vase

Alice Federico

 

 

 

Wide asymmetrical lipped vase - Alice Federico

 Asymmetrical wide lipped vase – Alice Federico

 

 

Alice-Frederico-ceramic-vase with large lip

Wide lipped baluster vase – Alice Federico

 

 

Alice Federice website

 

 

Linda Hoffhines

 

Linda Hoffhines, uses the vessel  “as a starting point,” she says, “but most of them end up intentionally unusable. I`ll start off with a regular pot, then I can`t resist putting a bunch of glazed shards in it.” “From Minoan to Italian pottery, through the eons, I’ve always liked the idea of making pottery and then decorating it a lot more than you have to.”* Hoffhines, obtained a master’s of fine arts in ceramics at Ohio State University

 

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Linda Hoffhines  —  tall lime green ewer

 

Linda-Hoffhines-flat-mosaic with vase shape

Linda Hoffhines flat mosaic with vase shape, encrusted with glazed shards

 

 

Linda-Hoffhines-blue-teapot with long spout

Linda Hoffhines blue teapot

 

 

Bright red ceramic teapot by Linda Hoffhine

Bright red ceramic teapot by Linda Hoffhine

 

 

zany ceramic vase by Linda Hoffhine

Linda Hoffhine

 

 

3 asymmetrical vases -- Linda Hoffhine

3 asymmetrical vases — Linda Hoffhine

 

 

Ceramic teapot -- Linda Hoffhine

Linda Hoffhine

 

 

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Linda Hoffhine painting

 

 

Linda Hoffhines-yellow-crowned teapot

Linda Hoffhines yellow crowned teapot

 

 

shockin pink teapot -- Linda Hoffhine

Linda Hoffhine pink teapot

 

 

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Linda Hoffhines vase and teapot

 

 

Linda Hoffhines watercolour painting

 

 

Red triangle teapot - Linda Hoffhines with black paisley

Red triangle teapot – Linda Hoffhines

 

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Spirall vase – Linda Hoffhines

 

 

Linda Hoffhines instagram

 

*Chicago Tribune

 

 

 

 

 

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