Pinnacle Gallery

Ceramics

Please note: We are in the process of updating everything on our web site and it's an incremental process. Now you'll see only one photo of each artist's work but soon more photos and descriptions will be added. In the meantime, please call us so we can email you photos that may fit your needs.

 

Jude Kettunen combines her Scandinavian heritage with Southwest design to create a wonderful fusion of the two cultures. She worked as a Park Ranger at Mesa Verde National Park and studied Hohokam and Anasazi arts. These ceramic "Spirit Figures" can be created in many colors, designs and sizes with most about 20 to 32 inches tall. They are weighted in the bottom for stability and they all cause smiles.  See her stunning paintings in the Framed section of this web site.

 
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David McDonald is a master ceramicist who creates platters he calls Mandalas because the shape is inherently organic, formed in a fabric sling resulting in a natural arch.  "They remind me of a sand dollar, a mushroom cap, a tortoise shell, a shield," he explains. McDonald pours as many as seven glazes over one another, using hot wax brushwork to resist between layers. Many of his techniiques were learned studying under Japanese masters Tatsuzo Shimaoka and Tsunaji Uedo of Kyoto.  In 1980 he returned to the USA and opened his own studio.

For years we thought of these as beautiful  individual pieces displayed on a stand, flat on a table or hanging on a wall. Then, Joanne asked to McDonald to make coordinated sets and we now hang them in flowing arrangements on customers' walls to present dramatic statements.  We've now installed sets in living rooms, dining rooms, hallways and even a couple of stairways to see that the shadows add depth and interest, also.   

 
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We are proud to have offered the incredible ceramic pieces by Anne Goldman for over 15 years, but they are rarely displayed. Usually when we receive a piece it is sold quickly to one of our frequent customers or to someone on a waiting list.  When on display the vessels are like a magnet to every person visiting the gallery with most asking about the materials and techniques. Even ceramic artists are amazed by these very textural vessels and that they have not seen her work in other galleries or shows.  Customers with Goldman pieces in their homes report the same attraction - guests are drawn to admire, touch and ask about them. This vessel  is representative of the organic, textural work. Call for availability or the wait list.

 

John Oakes is a true master at creating Raku pottery with brilliant colors that make his work popular with interior designers and ceramic collectors. Each is unique in colors and pattern, of course, and range in size from about 6 inches high up to over 5 feet tall - unique gift sizes up to dramatic statements. Jon's vessels all come with a complementing ceramic lid with a decorative element. We challenge you to find more colorful Raku pottery anywhere. These pieces seem to work in just about any décor which makes them popular for gifts and we've placed them in contemporary, modern, Tuscan and southwestern homes  where they lend a warm, inviting feel. (Yes, this is the same Jon Oakes in the Glass section. He's very talented!)      

 
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Ceramic pieces by Ron Artman project power and grace. The power of strong classic forms and the grace of the fine details are not only design elements but distinctive of Artman's work. The leather-like finish gives these pieces a rich, warm feel that enhances contemporary, southwestern and Tuscan decor.

 

Cheryl Williams is an internationally-recognized artists in ceramics and metals. Her work was selected for the prestigious White House Collection of American Craft and is represented in fine collections in many countries. She utilizes techniques developed from decades of pottery to create innovative and distinctive ceramic sculptures with flowing forms, stunning colors and alluring textures. Each is mounted on a heavy steel base for stability.

 

Like pottery made by primitive cultures, Lee Brotherton makes her pieces entirely by hand, not on a potter's wheel or by slip-casting. The texture of the surface and the asymmetrical form show "the hand" or signature of Lee's experience, education and influences. Encouraged by a high school art teacher, she went on to earn a BFA degree from Montana State and then a teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin. Her career in fine arts has included art teacher, art gallery manager and art consultant interwoven with her passion for creative ceramics.  Her work now involves a wonderful blending of contemporary design with Native American influences. Many of her pieces include organic elements in the center, like fossilized ammonites or sea shells, which stimulate her design for the piece. All are made to hang on a wall either as individual statements or in a coordinated array of pieces.