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Deb Oliva at Mackerel Sky Gallery




Debra Oliva
The Confluence of Influence

Mackerel Sky presents, "The Confluence of Influence" an exhibit of functional, thrown ceramic vessel forms by Okemos, Michigan artist, Deb Oliva.

Deb explains: "The art, costume, decoration and objects of utility of many cultures, historical and contemporary, enrich and inform my practice and made it possible for this series to emerge. My goal with this work was to generate a refreshed, personal expression by modifying age old techniques of pot making and surface decoration. Using hand colored clay these pieces are thrown on a potter's wheel. In much the same way as ancient makers, I manipulate grid systems to create a variety of patterns for surface decoration. I use simple, sometimes customized tools to etch designs and carve textures. I've enjoyed this exploration and offer these vessels as my humble contribution to the craft continuum and my grateful tribute to all the makers that inspired them."

The elegant shapes of Deb's pots are a remarkable canvas for her extraordinarily complex and precise etched and carved patterns and textures.  The pots were not designed as such, but could be considered contemplative objects in their serenity and presence.

Mackerel Sky is honored to host this collection of Deb Oliva's work and encourage you to attend her opening reception on Sunday, October 1, 2017, from noon until 4:00 p.m. Enjoy meeting and talking with Deb about her work. "The Confluence of Influence" will run through November 26, 2017.


Upcoming Exhibitions



Carol Trojanowski: Stitched Landscapes: Bits and Pieces

Carol Trojanowski at Mackerel Sky Gallery

This exhibit contains landscape art quilts matted and ready to frame as wall art. The quilts appear to be paintings until one takes a closer step and realizes that the scenes are created with fabric and thread on a traditional quilt sandwich of fabric and batting. Photographs from nature serve as the inspiration for the artwork and often elements from several photos are combined into the same picture. Materials include batiks, cotton, prints, organza and rayon thread for quilting and stitched embellishments. Each piece is unique and reflects the artist’s love of nature. Opening Reception Sunday, December 3 from Noon to 4:00 pm.

Sunday, December 3, 2017 – Tuesday, January 23, 2018





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