Sandra Daulton Shaughnessy characterizes her warm works in stoneware and porcelain as “ceremoniously functional.” The artist uses wheel thrown and hand altering techniques to create essential forms that she hopes will encourage the user to think, act and cook creatively. Her pitchers, platters, covered dishes and tea sets are fired in an atmospheric soda kiln, resulting in an array of beautiful orange and gray surfaces. Of their decoration, the artist states, “The black gesture lines of glaze express the movement I feel while creating. Color, surface and texture in and on the clay help describe the intuitive and primal directness I feel in my work.”
The St. Louis Park, MN artist holds a BFA from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and an MFA from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. Her work has been selected for exhibitions throughout the country at venues that have included Skutt Kilns in Portland, OR and Pewabic Pottery in Detroit, MI. Sandra has been a ceramics instructor at the Edina Art Center, Edina, MN and at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis. She participates in art fairs across the region.