My raku is unique because of the copper raku glaze that I developed. The magic of the fire brings out the colors of copper. Each piece captures the fire in a different way and the end result is that each piece, either hand built or thrown, has its own unique colors. I love to design and build a form, carve the textures to enhance the design and then raku the piece. Color, form and texture combine to make a cohesive statement in clay.
I have been honored by winning 2 awards this summer. I received a Merit Award from the Virginia Highlands Festival and an Award of Distinction from the Art in The Park, Blowing Rock, NC. I am very proud and motivated to make the best work that I can. Along those lines, I went to the Gem and Mineral Show in Spruce Pines in July and got some really nice specimens. I have made several new pieces for several of these and they are waiting to be raku fired. I will post pictures when they are ready. I get excited with new gems that inspire new concept pieces. So many ideas and so little time!
I have new work in Seagrove Pottery of the Sandhills, Pinehurst, NC. Also, my raku is part of an exhibit at the Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC.
The winter moon in Iceland inspired this new piece. The winter moon looks down on a black and white landscape.
July 28 - August 2....... Virginia Highlands Festival ......... Abingdon, VA
August 13........ Art in the Park....... Blowing Rock, NC
My Raku will also be part of a gallery exhibit at the Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC. This collection will be in the gallery along with paintings of Connie Logan and some of her students thru November.
Website: Charlotte Munning Raku.com
April 30 - May 1: Sanford Arts And Vine Festival, Sanford, NC
May 6 - 8: Tennessee Craft Festival, Nashville, Tenn
May 14 - 15: Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, Bethesda, MD
May 20 - 22: Artsplosure, Raleigh, NC
June 4 - 5: Sidewalk Art Festival, Roanoke, VA
June 11 - 12: Three Rivers Art Festival, Pittsburgh, PA
It has been a busy start to 2016. I have introduced new work and new designs. I love spring in NC and my yard is full of spring bloom. I am always inspired this time of year and my new work has been created with new enthusiasm. I hope that you will come and visit me at an upcoming festival.
My raku is on display at Southern Lights in Greensboro, NC.
Ceremonial Gowns Japan Art museums often have on display ceremonial gowns from past celebrations thru the centuries. Often these gowns were of the finest materials with special attention to detail and design. I had this idea that maybe I could construct similar gowns out of clay. I had learned to sew many years ago and make many of my clothes. Using these skill, I set out to construct gowns from clay that were worthy of the most important celebrations. After construction, I embellished them with carving, giving them depth and the feeling of fine brocades. Each piece was raku fired and the colors of copper sweep up each gown.
Ceremonial Gown United States
Ceremonial Gown France These gowns will be part of an exhibit at the Milton Roades Center for the Arts in Winston- Salem, NC. This Artist Spotlight is presented by Associated Artists of Winston-Salem. The dates for this exhibit are January 8 thru February 2. My spring schedule will follow in the next month. There are many new ideas in the works. Stay tuned. Let me know what you think of this new idea! www. charlottemunningraku.com
Friends with hats. These girls are all about their hats. Women in the 1900's always had beautiful hats to go with their dresses and gowns. I love hats and this was my inspiration to create these girls. Their hats are special with feathers and roses and glamour! This summer I have worked hard to complete my orders, including one for the Chamber of Commerce in Winston-Salem, NC. I won an award of excellence in Blowing Rock, Art in the Park this summer. Now I am focusing on fall. My first show in October was cancelled in Williamsburg, Va. as were most shows on the east coast due to weather. Now the sun will come out and a beautiful fall is in store for us all. I hope that you will come visit me at an art show near you.