Colleen M. Zufelt
301 Becker Ave
Wilmington, DE 19804
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My work evolves from two processes. The first step is creating the form. When working in wet clay I am totally immersed in the challenges the media presents. Sometimes I allow the clay to lead the way as I work on the wheel, other times I create drawings combining thrown, cast and handbuilt pieces of clay. By combining all these processes, I am able to create unique personalities for my pieces. Since my most recent work centers on organic line and shape I am casting a variety of fruit and vegetable forms for my bowls and cups.
Once the pieces are bisqued, I have a blank canvas for painting and I focus my attention on surface decoration. For my current work I am exploring an earth tone palette. I play at combining these colors with hard edge graphic patterns and layers of gestural brushstrokes that create a look and feel of watercolor. Areas are accented with pencil and press-type graphics to complete the feel of atmospheric layering that I strive for.
Although I choose forms that would seem to be functional, I see my work as sculptural, creating objects that acquire a presence challenging the traditional ideas of function. For many of my pieces their "function" simply becomes the process of engaging the viewer in a delightful visual dance of color, pattern and form.
2000 5th Annual Silverhawk Award, Internet Site
1994 Finalist, Niche Award, Rosen, Inc.
1992 Finalist, Niche Award, Rosen, Inc.
1986-1989 Artist in Residence, Wilmington Arts Commission,
1994 Arts in Education Residency, St. Ann's School, Delaware State
1990-1991 Artist in Residence, Boys and Girls Clubs, Wilmington, DE;
1986 Emerging Artist Fellowship, Delaware State Arts Council,
1992 Individual Artist Fellowship, Delaware State Arts Council,