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Kari Erickson

I first started pottery classes in 1988 at Bicentennial Arts Center in Aurora; my instructor was Linda Mueller and all of my work was thrown on the wheel.nI took classes from Linda for about five years and then took a 15 year break to raise my children and teach elementary school. In 2008, I found a ceramic studio at the Southridge Recreation Center in Highlands Ranch and took classes from Sally O'Brien Burns .

During the last six years, I have also been involved taking classes at Arapahoe Community College (ACC) with Robin Furuta, Bob Smith and Katie Caron. 

I do have a small home studio, in Highlands Ranch, CO, with a pottery wheel and hand-building materials, but move a lot of work from home to ACC, as I do not have a kiln. In addition, I have a gallery at my home where all of my work is displayed and friends and customers enjoy coming over for gifts and just to have a look around!

I create functional and non-functional pieces, both wheel thrown and hand-built. It seems as if much of my work is inspired by nature. I'm also inspired by the southwest and have spent almost two years working on southwestern sculptures of people with shawls and ponchos. These sculptures continue to evolve and change as I continue to evaluate my work.

In 2014, several of my men were chosen for an exhibition in Paonia, Colorado at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts.

I’ve been working on garden totems for almost two years now, which are pieces of pottery stacked together to make a complete composition which range from three to six feet tall; some hang on rope, both vertically and horizontally. ( I've made about 650 individual pieces so far.)  People love them in their garden, home, and deck. Many of my totems involve birds, and beginning in January, I will be starting totems that have to do with Colorado nature. 

I love being creative and pottery is a perfect way for me to express myself.