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Round Trip Clayworks

Medium: Ceramics

Description:  Wheel thrown, hand carved decorative and functional ceramics

Round Trip Clayworks is a team of two ceramic artists and partners Drew Darley and Erika Novak. Together they hand make functional and decorative ceramic art. The two met in college while taking a ceramics elective class at Central Connecticut State University. At the time Drew was studying mathematics and Erika was majoring in geography. After spending multiple semesters down in the ceramics lab making pottery they decided to pursue a career in ceramics after graduation. They opened their own studio in Avon Connecticut in the Farmington Valley Art Center in the spring of 2018. Erika and Drew work together to make a variety of forms and art such as decorative vases and bottles, cups and mugs, as well as, lamps and hanging objects. Many pieces are collaborative efforts, where both have a hand in their creation. Each piece of pottery is thrown on the potter's wheel using stoneware or high fired porcelain paying special attention to form and shape. Throwing techniques and skill are translated into smooth, round forms with ideal weight and wall thickness. Finished pieces attain a high level of craftsmanship and craftwomanship. Drew specializes in formulating unique, one of a kind crystalline glazes. These glazes are made in shop, mixed in small batches, by hand. These special glazes are specifically formulated to grow crystals on the surface of the pots during the kiln firing. Because of the organic nature of the glaze every pot is completely unique and can never be replicated. Similarly unique, Erika focuses on the decoration, carving, and adornment of surface design on the pots. All carvings are done by hand line by line at a time without the use of samps or pressed in textures. These patterns are often influenced by Modern Art and Art Deco motifs. No two pieces are ever made the same ensuring that each piece of pottery made by Erika and Drew in the Round Trip Clayworks studio is a unique piece of ceramic artwork.

Round Trip Clayworks

Medium: Ceramics

Description:  Wheel thrown, hand carved decorative and functional ceramics

Round Trip Clayworks is a team of two ceramic artists and partners Drew Darley and Erika Novak. Together they hand make functional and decorative ceramic art. The two met in college while taking a ceramics elective class at Central Connecticut State University. At the time Drew was studying mathematics and Erika was majoring in geography. After spending multiple semesters down in the ceramics lab making pottery they decided to pursue a career in ceramics after graduation. They opened their own studio in Avon Connecticut in the Farmington Valley Art Center in the spring of 2018. Erika and Drew work together to make a variety of forms and art such as decorative vases and bottles, cups and mugs, as well as, lamps and hanging objects. Many pieces are collaborative efforts, where both have a hand in their creation. Each piece of pottery is thrown on the potter's wheel using stoneware or high fired porcelain paying special attention to form and shape. Throwing techniques and skill are translated into smooth, round forms with ideal weight and wall thickness. Finished pieces attain a high level of craftsmanship and craftwomanship. Drew specializes in formulating unique, one of a kind crystalline glazes. These glazes are made in shop, mixed in small batches, by hand. These special glazes are specifically formulated to grow crystals on the surface of the pots during the kiln firing. Because of the organic nature of the glaze every pot is completely unique and can never be replicated. Similarly unique, Erika focuses on the decoration, carving, and adornment of surface design on the pots. All carvings are done by hand line by line at a time without the use of samps or pressed in textures. These patterns are often influenced by Modern Art and Art Deco motifs. No two pieces are ever made the same ensuring that each piece of pottery made by Erika and Drew in the Round Trip Clayworks studio is a unique piece of ceramic artwork.

Tour Location: Out-of-Town Venue: 25 Arts Center Lane, Avon 4B - Weekend #2

Website: RoundTripClayworks.com

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