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Christie Burris | “My Community”

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Slab work in clay of 6 people figures of different sizes and shapes being photographed together to form a group.

Christie Burris, "My Community," 2020, cone 10 stoneware - greenware, 12” x 3" x 2" (tallest); 5” x 3" x 2" (shortest)

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"Normally my work is functional and wheel-thrown. The 2019-20 COVID pandemic changed all that. Not only were there challenges of setting up a clay studio in my apartment, but learning a whole new method of ceramics, slab work. The pieces I have shown here represents what I missed the most during this challenging time. My community. The connection, diversity, and shared creativity was a huge loss for me. I created my “people” to show how I missed my community and just like the pandemic, not done yet. "