Kim Clarke

Playing with a ball of mud (clay) when I was very young started it.  From the beginning transforming clay has struck me as magical.  Clay is my key to the secret garden, my way down the rabbit hole through the looking glass and out again.  Over the years, that magical process has had its way with me, leading me from hobby to professional artist and ceramics teacher.  Ceramics fills me with a sense of accomplishment and integrity and has proven a most amenable vehicle for translating inner vision to outer reality. But basically, I create my figures because I have to! 

 

I fashion my sculptures from the inside out influenced by the creations of contemporary artists  Tim Burton, and Beatrice Woods.  I work deliberately, consciously employing both traditional and innovative techniques. However, my subconscious is the undisputed project manager.  The joy of this work elevates my imagination and provides many opportunities for happy accident and grace to influence the finished project. 

My imagination drives me in the creation of figurative sculptures of a whimsical, out-of-this-world existence. They go through a process of metamorphosis as they evolve from strictly human forms into the essence of the story they tell. I create my figures with high fire clay.  Finishing them with colorful glazes, engobes, and underglazes bring their images to life. I form my figures based on stories in my mind. My intention is for my patrons to be inspired to create their own tales.

Hours:
Thurs 11–5
Fri 11–5
Sat 11–5
Sundays 12–5
Address:
118 E Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: (434) 972–9500
C’ville Arts offers a tremendous range of crafts and art, including decorative & functional objects for your home & garden, wearable art such as jewelry and scarves, organic balms, photography, paintings, sculpture, and more. As a cooperative, we work together to operate the store, helping keep our art affordable. Visitors are able to meet and chat with the artists who are on duty each day. C’ville Arts has become a popular place to find unique gifts for all occasions and locally made mementos for visitors to our area.
The Gallery is honored to be a part of the Virginia Artisans Trail Network, specifically the Monticello Artisans Trail.  “Choose from the many creative excursions and activities available as you plan your trip to Virginia!  The Artisan Trail Network will help you navigate a unique adventure.  We invite you to explore the byways and back roads, visiting craft artisan studios, agri-artisan gardens & farms, wineries & breweries, galleries & craft related venues, local businesses & eclectic shops and historical & cultural points of interest.”  The Gallery was recently featured in a video produced for the Virginia Artisans Trail Network.