Gallery Address and Phone

  • 115 S. Adams Street, Spokane, WA  99201 - 509-863-9904
  • Studio & gallery open by calling or generally Tuesday through Friday, 10 am - 2 pm

 

August 3 - 31, 2018 - Annual "Cleaning Off the Shelves," Summer Sale

Annual studio sale of ceramics by Gina Freuen, Chris Kelsey and Mark Moore. 10% off all ceramics in studio. Many marked down from 25% - 50%. Also, our annual $25. Grab Bags event! Each bag had one piece by Gina, Chris and Mark in it. Blind picks.

  • Opening of Sale: First Friday, August 3rd- 5 - 8 pm and Saturday.
  • Sale continues through August 30th, call studio for appointment after August 3rd. Stop by weekdays from 10 - 2. Many times we are in working.

September  7 - 28 - "Three Strong" Ceramics by Sarah Magar, Mardis Nenno & Boni Parker

  • Opening reception: September 7, Friday, 5 - 8 pm
  • Workshop September 7, 10 AM - 3 PM, Gonzaga University Art Department, Jundt 100 Free to the Public

Trackside Studio's annual invitational exhibit featuring regional studio ceramic artists.

  • Mardis Nenno - Spokane, WA
  • Sarah Magar - Sook Harbor, BC Canada
  • Boni Parker - Ellensburg, WA

Sarah Magar

Artist Statement: I strive to create visually imaginative and textural landscapes to touch and explore, provoking thought through the experience of a tangible object. My imagery often blends satirical narratives drawn in vivid colors, with fragility, grace, and vulnerability.

For inspiration, I often rely on the positive and negative influences that I experience daily, the confusion of dreams and memories, and the wondrous curiosity I experienced as a child. I am fascinated by how the mind creates memories and the correlation of experience, both real and perceived.

Much of my conceptual challenge is to convey the nostalgic imprint of the past, and find ways to portray it in physical form. Like an interpreter, clay captures that transition, showing every mark or imprint, line, or scratch made on its surface.

I am also interested in the response to the drinking vessel as a functional canvas. I’m drawn to its intimacy and ability to partake in daily use and ritual. For me, the cup has become a simile for how we hold on to our fond memories. There is an aspect of preciousness and care to how we hold them both, cradled in our hands, or in our hearts.

Biography  - Sarah Magar was born in Dallas Texas in 1983. She roamed shoeless and free on her family’s farm at the edge of the sunflower field and the wild wood. Other than visiting with the cats, chickens and the weird-eyed goats, she spent her time turning over rocks, catching grasshoppers, and poking things with sticks.

Home was always an open land of wonder for Sarah. By the age of 9 she and her family had moved several times and traveled much of the US. In the end, and almost by accident, she was able to grow some roots in the Rockies of Montana. Her love for nature, travel, and exploration was bolstered by Montana’s wide open and free charisma, and emboldened her need for the expressive and visual arts.

Sarah completed her BFA in Ceramics & Drawing with a minor in Art History from the University of Montana School of Art in 2015. Upon graduation, she went on to complete her artist’s residency at Medalta Potteries in Medicine Hat, Alberta. She has exhibited her work in the US, and Canada. She has received awards from several juried shows, including the purchase of her work by the Montana Museum of Art and Culture in 2013 and 2015, and The People’s Choice Award at the 8th Annual Simple Cup show at the Kobo Gallery in Seattle. Sarah is currently working in studio on Vancouver Island, in Beautiful British Columbia.


Mardis Nenno

Statement - My functional pottery reflects my interest in utilitarian form and my desire to make pots that are pleasurable to use and to look at.  I imagine them being a part of people’s table and kitchen counters and being passed around at gatherings of family and friends.  Each piece is unique and made by me using wheel and hand building techniques.  The surface decoration is based in the folk art tradition of stylized forms found in nature and I’m influenced by Northern Chinese Cizhou pottery and by the bright vibrant  glaze colors of early Persian ceramics.  I l use slips, stencils, sgraffito and slip trailing to create layers of information beneath the transparent glazes.

Bio - My path as a ceramic artist began at Alfred University, NY School of Ceramic Art and Engineering. I received a BFA from Montana State University and an MFA from Washington State University.  I was a studio potter in Belt, Montana for a decade, then moved to Spokane WA and began teaching clay classes.  In 2006  I was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation for nine months.  I’ve also done a short residency at the Experimental Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China.  I continued to teach at Spokane Falls Community College until I retired in 2016.  Now I’m back in my studio, making things.


Boni Parker

Short Bio-Bonilyn Parker was born and raised in the land of the midnight sun in Anchorage, Alaska and discovered ceramics in college.  She received her BA in Art from the University of Alaska Southeast in 2012 and her MFA in Ceramics from the Ohio University in 2015.  Parker has been an artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation, Red Lodge Clay Center, Holter Museum of Art and the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemét, Hungary.  She has been an instructor with the Archie Bray Foundation, Holter Museum of Art and Central Washington University.  She currently resides in Ellensburg, Washington, where she is an Artist in Residence/Ceramics technician/Ceramic Instructor at Gallery One Visual Art Center. 

Artist Statement-I believe in the value of hand made objects in an increasingly industrialized world.  Contemporary issues associated with waste, commercial manufacturing and resulting practices such as repurposing, recycling, and the DIY movement influence my work.  Working in clay, I explore the spaces that exist between maker and user, disposable and reusable, sentimental and material value.  Through experiencing a handmade object, I want my audience to consider the consequences of a disposable culture and rethink standard discarding practices.

October 5 to November 16th, Featured Works from Summer and Fall Firings

Chris Kelsey, Mark Moore & Gina Freuen

  • First Friday Receptions: October 5, 5 to 8 pm, November 2, 5 - 8 pm

December 7, 2018 - January 18, 2019, Cup of Joy

Fourth annual group invitational of drinking vessels, cup, mug, yunomi, sake, stein, goblet, functional or non-functional. Over 30 invited artists will exhibit up to 4 cup forms for our holiday gift giving season, shipped from all corners of the United States. 

February 1, 2019 - February 28, 2019, Mark Moore

Feature exhibit of Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery partner: Mark Moore