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Mugshot Monday 10.20.2014

Mugshot Monday with Dawn Dishaw

This morning we have this lovely, highly patterned mug by Dawn Dishaw to usher us into the new week.  Dawn's work has been on our radar quite a bit this year; she was celebrated as one of Ceramics Monthly's 2014 Emerging Artists, and her work was also in several national exhibitions we followed online!  

Dawn Dishaw's work is eye catching for both it's simplicity and highly detailed patterning. Her forms are elegant and clean, while the underglaze patterns which have been applied with a fine tipped bottle, are reminiscent of historical architecture,  Islamic tiles, and Indian fabrics.  In our opinion, the simplicity of her forms with the busyness and repetition of the patterning strike a perfectly harmonious balance! 

From the artist statement on her website, Dawn says, 

"I have always been an organizer.  I’m attracted to brick buildings, tiled roofs and knit cloth.  For similar reasons I find myself attracted to Islamic tile and pottery, Persian painting and historical architecture.  The patterns on the surfaces of my work are influenced by this interest in symmetry and the organization of like pieces.  At first the patterns were an answer to a question.  How do I activate the surface, to make these understated yet elegant forms seem less static?  Through the varying quality of a hand drawn line, repetition of shapes and the addition of bright colors, the comfortable forms become more engaging. It’s about bringing an everyday object to the foreground."

For more information about Dawn Dishaw's work, visit her website at

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