Height: 8 in
Width: 5.5 in
Clay hand in a shadow frame.
Madeline Kaczmarczyk is a local ceramic artist and professor at Aquinas College. In her early career as a potter, she worked mostly with traditional wheel throwing techniques and was primarily influenced by the simplicity and form of Japanese stoneware. Over the years, it occurred to Kaczmarczyk that as an artist in Michigan, copying Japanese brushwork and surface decorations had nothing to do with her environment, upbringing or her personal taste. Through that epiphany, a new range of work came to be, one that reflected her interest in hand-building with clay, patterns, colors and techniques from many different cultures including French Sevres and native Zuni beadwork.
On this piece Kaczmarczyk reflects, “The women in our family make beauty with their hands. At the core was the need to express what could not be put in words and for the joy of creation. The finer detail and embellishment, the greater the accomplishment. My working mission statement was therefore written on my heart, but it was not until I was a “middle years” adult that I could hear it clearly…”