Handmade ceramic art for your home and office

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"Art is the illusion of spontaneity"    

 -Japanese proverb

About Me

My Bio

Ceramic artist Sandy Ashbaugh uses traditional hand building methods of slab construction and sgraffito when working in clay, yet achieves a modern aesthetic in her functional work. Among her best known pieces are those from; her delicate handcrafted sake set collection, and her lidded vessel series. The latter was published in Lark Craft’s “500 Raku”, selected to be in juried shows and purchased by an institution for their permanent art collection. 

Sandy draws inspiration from architectural and interior design elements, like those from the Bauhaus movement, Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry. She obtained her BFA from Florida Atlantic University and has worked in clay ever since. Residing in Phoenix, Arizona, she is passionate about art education and has been involved with local communities teaching art and coordinating art programs and shows since 2004. 

My Medium

My first exposure to the visual arts was in college. I trained in a variety of mediums but was immediately drawn to hand building with clay and have continued for over thirty years. 


For many years, I glazed my work by  harnessing the power of gas and fire to work in the Raku style. This Japanese method of firing makes them artistically pleasing but not food safe. 


Later I transitioned to oxidation firings in an electric kiln using a light colored clay body and brighter, more enduring colors and washes. 


I also embrace technology and usually am the one behind the camera. 

My Statement

My experience as a classically trained violinist resonates throughout my work. It imparts a lyrical quality that speaks of beauty and harmony with classical proportions. 


My current series was born out of a love for Japanese sushi and sake. I am intrigued by the shapes and colors of the food and serving pieces, and felt compelled to design something different than the traditional wheel thrown sake set. Architectural and interior design elements, ranging from the Bauhaus movement to architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry, often serve as inspiration for my work.

First I roll out the clay and cut out pieces from my pre-designed patterns. Then I wrap the pieces into delicate flasks (tokkuri) resembling a kimono, tapering them slightly towards the top. The cups (ochoko) are also wrapped but are smaller and perfectly sized for a serving of sake.

Dramatic underglazes contrast the light colored clay. I make deliberate marks using the sgraffito technique, to carve through the color, allowing the clay body to show through. Clear glaze is then applied and fired in an electric kiln, making them food safe. 

The set is served on a wooden plinth which is cut, sanded and torched with flame, singeing the wood to bring out the grain. This traditional Japanese technique is called Shou Sugi Ban.

I design these to be artistically pleasing and enjoyed. Kanpai!

Events

Ongoing

Vision Gallery

10 East Chicago Street, Chandler, AZ 85225

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Ongoing

Vision Gallery

You can find my work at the Vision Gallery 

in Downtown Chandler, Arizona. www.VisionGallery.org

10 East Chicago Street, Chandler, AZ 85225

Every Saturday 2018-19

Downtown Chandler Farmers Market

8:30am - 12:30pm

3 S Arizona Ave., Chandler, Arizona 85225

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Every Saturday 2018-19

Downtown Chandler Farmers Market

One of the newest markets in the East Valley, held every Saturday from November through May, in the historic square of Chandler, Arizona. www.DowntownChandler.org

8:30am - 12:30pm

3 S Arizona Ave., Chandler, Arizona 85225

03/02/2019

Art At The Lakes

9am - 3pm

Cottonwood Lakes, 25630 S Brentwood, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248

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03/02/2019

Art At The Lakes

Juried art show with approximately 100 artists, food and music. Organized by the Art At The Lakes Committee to raise money for the Sun Lakes Firefighters Emergency Relief Fund (SLERF). I'm vendor number 83, located on the East side of the lake.

9am - 3pm

Cottonwood Lakes, 25630 S Brentwood, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248

04/07/2019

AZ Clay Sale at the Phoenix Bonsai Society Sale

10am - 3pm

1809 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007

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04/07/2019

AZ Clay Sale at the Phoenix Bonsai Society Sale

Art and bonsai sale at the Valley Garden Center.

10am - 3pm

1809 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007

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