Portraits and ponderings from the writing desk of Jill Foote-Hutton.

Melody Tiemann Exhibition/Residency/Workshop

Click on image to enlarge and read the Schedule of Events for Melody's visit.

An exhibition of Melody Tiemann's work begins today at JFH Studio! Our window is filled with her painfully enduring table which suggest the long-suffering commitment of family, a hair shirt for the gluttonous, or simply a textural delight for the hand and eye. Check out the rest Melody has to offer at: www.melodytiemann.com

BIO: Melody Tiemann was born and raised in a small South Texas town. Some of her earliest memories are of playing in the mud with her brothers and cousins, building cities, roads, and forts. It is this love of being in the earth and creating imaginary worlds that eventually led to her pursuing her degree in ceramics. Before studying ceramics, Melody received an associate of science from Victoria College in 1997. Melody continued her education at Texas State University-San Marcos where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2003. In 2007, she received her Master’s of Fine Arts from The University of Mississippi. Melody is the current Artist in Residence, Clay at the Appalachian Center for Craft. Her work has been published in the Yalobusha Review, and been shown nationally. She is a member of Kappa Pi National Art Honor Fraternity, and National Council on Education of the Ceramic Arts (NCECA).

The processes and rhythms of working in clay facilitate the connection between conscious and unconscious experiences, such as allowing the hands to work intuitively while the mind is focused on theory. In addition, the versatility and malleability of clay allow for the achievement of a variety of forms and surfaces that express the qualities of surrealism I am seeking. Although process is important, my choice of materials is ultimately determined by their suitability to the emotions and ideas I want to convey.