Our featured artist this month is Randy Selbe.
“Growing up in West Virginia, my family instilled great love of the outdoors, travel and art. Life has granted a great diversity of stimulation and appreciation for natural beauty, from my childhood mountainside home to the many unforgettable scenes of my life’s journey. Art dominates my gene pool. Mom, her father and sister, cousins and more were all artists. It seems whoever in the family wasn’t an artist was an art collector. It is thus instinctive to be creative and the most natural way to express myself. The creative process provides me indescribable joy and satisfaction. The look and texture of my pottery expresses my life: visions of home, travel out west and abroad, vacations in the Caribbean Islands and many other indelible imprints and influences.
My art inevitably draws on my formal training and professional experiences in graphic design and illustration. But my love of design and working with clay can be seen in all aspects of my work. I believe the organic nature of clay is best displayed by adding texture, stains, etched patterns, cutout designs and illustration. Vivid and earthy colors, designed patterns and detailed textures are some of the major characteristics I try to convey in my work.
Pottery came to me a little later in life, and I still marvel both at discovering new techniques and combining old knowledge to a newfound discipline. My vision for the future includes integrating illustration onto my pottery. This is a natural progression, which I liken to introducing old friends to new. My goal and ultimate challenge is to create pottery that balances each sculpture’s uniqueness and appeal with true functionality and usefulness.“