Have you taken time to connect with Molly Bishop and Kyle Hendrix, our Artists in Residence (AIR)?
Molly makes low-fire, handbuilt earthenware pieces, mostly functional, often with sgraffito drawings and text. Her own drawings and sketchbooks inform her ceramics, and Molly infuses a sense of humor into her work. Even her forms lend themselves to connecting with people—Molly is less concerned with being finicky or precise, enjoying a piece for its “wonkiness,” emphasizing forms more humble in nature:
“It’s what I enjoy about my art. I like to make it relatable and approachable and it’s my way of connecting with people. I like to draw on pots because when drawings exist on a pot it’s a nice surprise…a sort of subversive way to relate.”
Approachable and open to developing her identity as an artist, Molly also comes to Lillstreet with experience, having earned a BFA in Ceramics from VCU in Richmond, as well as a residency at Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana.
Currently (during Winter Session) Molly teaches Advanced Handbuilding on Wednesdays from 10 to 1, and Intermediate Handbuilding on Thursdays from 7 to 10 pm. Catch some AIR time with Molly Bishop during the upcoming Spring Session (April 6 to June 14) by taking one of her classes, or stopping to talk about clay with her. “I am always trying to learn more…it’s why I am excited to work in a community studio. I’m super excited to be here.” During Spring Session Molly will teach The Low-Fire Handbuilt Surface on Monday evenings from 7-10, and Intermediate Handbuilding on Thursday evenings from 7-10.
Also a functional potter, Kyle takes a different direction with clay and focuses on wheelthrown, altered, soda-fired work. He tends to make things in a series—say 20 cups, then on to bowls and new forms—and is currently working on teapots and combined vase forms. He does not consider himself a production potter, however, and is drawn to the unique individuality of each piece, especially with cups:
“I really enjoy making cup forms, they tend to be the favorite ceramic object that I like to collect and use the most from other artists…it is a cool way to see the style of the artist. The little cup can say a lot.”
Another area of focus for Kyle is in the soda program, introducing a new method of adding soda (spraying) during firings. Hendrix, a committed and enthusiastic educator, earned his undergraduate degree from UW Whitewater, and came to Lillstreet with teaching experiences that ranged from middle and high schools to assisting at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, CO. Just before arriving at Lillstreet this past September, Kyle was an artist in residence at Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA. Catch AIR time with Kyle during Spring session (April 6 to June 14) by signing up for Beginning/Advanced Beginning Wheelthrowing on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30, Altering the Thrown Form on Tuesday evenings from 7-10, or Simply Soda: Beginning Soda on Wednesday afternoons from noon to 3.