JOIN US FIRST FRIDAY, APRIL 6TH AT 6PM
FOR THE OPENING OF “AND SO IT GOES…” BY DAVID & DEB STABLEY
APRIL 4 – MAY 1
AND SO IT GOES…
Dave and Deb Stabley have shared a studio space since 1978. They graduated from Millersville University with their undergraduate degrees, and from the University of Nebraska with an MFA for Dave and MA for Deb. Upon graduation, Dave and Deb formed Creative Clay Works, and sold their ceramic art work for over 25 years in the wholesale and retail arts and crafts market. Dave currently teaches sculpture, ceramics and mosaics at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Deb teaches drawing and ceramics there, as well. Throughout the years, Dave and Deb have also been involved in promoting arts in their local community, including their ongoing membership in Artspace, a cooperative gallery in Bloomsburg. For the past 3 years they have also managed the community clay studio, at the Pajama Factory, in Williamsport.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: DAVID STABLEY
After having been hired at Penn College to teach ceramics and wood sculpture, David was able to focus primarily on teaching as well as experimenting with many different techniques in the ceramic arts and wood sculpture. Through the many projects that he has had, he has had the opportunity to personally experiment with those techniques. This body of work is about that exploration. He works on the potter’s wheel and also hand build. David has also been experimenting with naked raku, horsehair raku, copper matt reduction raku, sgrafitto, terra sigilatta and burnishing, pit firing, soda reduction firing, Cone 6 electric firing, majolica as well as lusters and decals.
The larger scale ceramics and wood sculptures deal with the abstraction of the human head. He has been very inspired by African art and has tried to become more aware of the formal aspects of design within his work. Teaching has really opened his eyes to experimentation, as well as the effects it has had on his work. Along with smaller pieces, David has also been involved in designing, teaching and creating large scale indoor and outdoor mosaics at Penn College, private spaces in Bloomsburg, artist in residence programs as well as public arts programs.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: DEB STABLEY
In this body of work, Deb continues to explore her attraction to and connection with the natural world. In some of her pieces, she has incorporated sticks and other wood found on walks, with the clay, in order to create something totally “other.”
She has also created works that are a direct commentary on some of the current issues that are impacting our world today. Proceeds from these pieces will go to organizations that promote concrete and positive solutions to these issues.
She continues to experiment with different firing methods and techniques, including high fire, raku and pit firing to achieve the look and feel she is after.
And so it goes….