Nancy Henry

These forms are constructed using the naturally occurring color and texture of different clay bodies. This process has been used historically in many contexts; but I refer to the Japanese terms nerikomi when hand-building and neriage when working on the wheel.


Wheel-thrown shapes and hand-built forms are incorporated into a vessel using patterns created by the clays. Pieces are sanded between each firing.


Completed forms are usually unglazed because it allows an integral connection between the inner and outer surfaces of the images that occur in the building process.  Each piece is polished after the final firing. 


I am inspired by the experiences of nature and reference images related to them. I might incorporate suggestions of a tree’s growth rings, feathers, striated landscapes or rocks. Forms and designs are also influenced by ancient Chinese Jomon vessel makers, Egyptian and Native Americans cultures.


Because I use natural clay bodies, colors are subdued.  Surface enrichment may be enhanced through carving, referencing braille, fiber, or objects found in nature. Like experiences occurring in the natural world, it is my hope my working process will continue to evolve. 


Artist Biography:

My interest in clay began 20 years ago when I was an art student at Sage Colleges in Albany, NY. I continued education in ceramics through the Skidmore College Community arts program and attend workshops on a regular basis.  


Recently retired as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired, I now work full time out of my studio in Guilderland, NY.



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