Meet new artists at the Market: Michelle Lynn Strader

You can expect the same standard of excellence every year at Kentucky Crafted: The Market but never the same exact show. The Kentucky Arts Council juries new participants into the Kentucky Crafted Program annually, so there is always new artwork to discover. Meet some of the artists new to the Market in 2016.

 

Silver Run Ceramics, Catlettsburg – Booth 348

 

How did you get started in your particular discipline? What is your training?
I studied ceramics in college and graduate school while I was first pursuing my bachelor’s degree in art, and later my master’s degree in art teaching. I quickly fell in love with the medium and found myself endlessly curious about the possibilities of clay.

What do you want buyers to know about your work? What makes it different?
I strive to create charming, one-of-a-kind handmade functional ware. Each piece is designed to have a soul and personality. There are no two pieces alike; each is its own individual, unique piece of art.

Name some of your career accomplishments.
I have exhibited my work in a variety of gallery exhibitions both regionally and on the east coast. Some of these exhibitions include but are not limited to the Breeders Cup Festival in Lexington; “Small Favors X” at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia; “Amalgam” at the Marshall University’s Birke Art Gallery in Huntington, W.Va.; and “Cream of the Crop” at the Southern Ohio Museum in Portsmouth, Ohio.

In 2012, my partner and I won Best of Show at the 9th Guild Competition in Wheeling, W.Va. with a collaborative ceramic piece. While I was studying ceramics in college, I was the recipient of the Vincent Clemente Award in ceramic art. Of course, I consider being juried into Kentucky Crafted in 2015 to be a notable accomplishment as well.

What are you looking forward to about showing at Kentucky Crafted: The Market?
I am most looking forward to the experience of meeting new people, establishing new business relationships, making connections and creating opportunities for growth within my artistic practice.

The Market will be open to the public 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 5 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 6. Tickets are $10 for one day and $15 for both days, and can be purchased online or at the door. Children 15 years of age and under are admitted free with a paying adult.

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