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Port Chester Artist Mixes Media with Beauty

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. - You know you’re looking at a ceramic masterpiece by clay-maker Kristina Stafford when you notice all the different colors of the rainbow melded with an intricate design unique to only her artistic personality. Patrons are privileged this month to see most of her collection in one place this month in her solo exhibition, Through , hosted by Clay Art Center .

The use of mixed media and three-dimensional effects are not only pleasing to the eyes of her viewers, but also allows them to take an interactive approach. This is especially apparent when viewing Sixty, which depicts dozens of colored bowls placed horizontally next to each other like bubble wrap.

“I like the fact that the installations are not just pieces on display—the background is an integral part of the presentation,” said Program Coordinator at Clay Art Center, Dominique Mason.

While this piece may be different than any other found in the entire gallery show, one theme is common to the whole collection: the delicate beauty that is handcrafted into each design.

“I love to decorate. I love color. Most days I just want a beautiful surface to adorn,” said Stafford.

Another piece getting people talking was April, an off-kilter scene of blossoming plants and sky composed of mixed media. The paper-made clouds are blue and black as they create dark shadows on the midday afternoon, while the growing flowers are also white. One can’t help but be reminded of the old saying, “April showers bring May flowers.”

“It’s naturalistic but artificial—I’m also big into the shadow-effect,” said fellow artist at Clay Art Center, Robin Henschel.

As Stafford is also an artist-in-residence for the 2010-11 year, this exhibition is the culmination of her year-long residency.

Kristina Stafford's exhibition Through will be on display at Clay Art Center until August 20.

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