My interest in atmospheric firings and ancient pottery techniques has led to creating distinctive shapes that are pinched, coiled, hand-burnished with stones and then fired in a variety of ways. Firing in a wood kiln has led to another dimension in my work. More recently, I am fascinated with depicting the earth from above in tiles. My work in clay and other media is inspired by nature, by the textures and terrain all around us, looking for interesting shapes to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Over the past two years I have also worked with cyanotype and eco-printing - using plants collected on my daily walks in Arlington, VA. I love that each print is unique and a surprise. The impressions the plants leave on paper are like a poem or dream, reflecting my love of nature.
Elke Seefeldt studied in Germany, Canada and the United States. She was juried into the Torpedo Factory Arts Center in 1991 and became a member of the clay studio "Fire One" soon thereafter. She is a member of several professional ceramic groups and has participated in many juried shows. Her work is included in the following publications:2006: "500 Animals in Clay"2008: "Surface Design for Ceramics"2010: "Ceramics Today"
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