Saturday, March 21, 2015

Today's Guest Artist Deb Babcock, comes to us from Steamboat Springs, Colorado and St. George, Utah!

Welcome Deb!

Deb's business is Blue Sky Pottery & Blue Sky Fine Art

Where can we find you on the internet?

...and a bunch more – keep, bestie, google+…..

Tell us a little about what you create:

I'm a two media artist working both in ceramics and watercolors. My pottery is primarily functional pieces – dinnerware, serving pieces, baking dishes, etc. but also includes some decorative, sculptural pieces of art. I've been doing pottery since about 2001, and just recently got back to painting which I had done in high school and college a little.

Would you like to give us an inside view of your process or technique?

My pottery is either wheel-thrown from a porcelain/stoneware clay mixture and electric fired to 2200 degrees F so it is durable enough for everyday use. I make my own glazes and am known for a highly decorative exterior on many of my cups, plates and bowls.

My watercolor paintings are mostly abstract using lots of primary colors, although I have several floral paintings and quite a few depicting my version of the aspen trees found throughout the mountains here.

What did you study and where, or are you self-taught?

My art education is via some classes through college in art history, drawing, pottery, painting, and the like as well as yearly workshops to hone a skill or learn a new one. My degree is in business and I ran a marketing research firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan for 17 years before I sold it and moved to Colorado to do something more creative and fun.

Where do you do your creative work? 

Most of my work is done in a 1000 square foot studio that I lease near the ski mountain here in Colorado. It doubles as a gallery where I can show and sell my art. When I'm in Utah where we have a second home to go to when the weather is too cold here, I paint in an extra room in that house and have a place I can go to where they allow me to use their pottery equipment and fire my pieces.

How often do you get to do your creative work?

Every day.

Do you find drawing or sketching to be an integral part of your process, why or why not?

To some degree, sketching is helpful. But as often happens, the medium, whether paint or clay, does what it wants to do and my sketch goes out the window.

Are there any particular artworks or artists that surprise you, or inspire you?

I've always loved the Impressionists, particularly Van Gogh and Monet but also love looking at contemporary art in galleries and online.

Can you tell us about some of your successes and challenges? 

With pottery, I have had a lot of success selling online and in galleries and gift shops. The paintings, on the other hand, are slow going in getting noticed and found. But then again, the fine art painting is relatively new for me – maybe a year and half that I've been back at it.

When and why did you decide to start your own business? 

Because the first I started in 1983 was so much fun. I love being my own boss.

What book are you currently reading/or/ do you have any favorite books? 

 Currently, I'm reading 'The Everything Store' aboutJeff Bezos. I finished the memoir by Sonya Sotomayor just recently, too. Biographies of interesting people are inspirational and interesting to me. I also love fiction – Jeffrey Deaver – CJ Box – John Sanford – etc.

What is your most treasured possession? 

Right now, probably the quilts that my mom made for me. She died about a year and half ago.

What are you currently working on or have recently completed? 

Just finished a series of very airy sculptural vases and art objects.

Do you have any other creative pursuits/outlets?

I hike a lot in the mountains, ski when the snow is good, snowshoe, and garden. In fact, for 15 years, I've written a weekly gardening column for the local newspaper. I'm a Colorado Master Gardener having gone through the training when I first moved here.


debbabcock said...

Thank you, Sue!

Sue Foss said...

Thank you Deb, I love your work!