Heidi Kreitchet - "Harakeke Flax"

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Heidi Kreitchet

"Harakeke Flax"

24" x 7" x 7"

Woodfired Stoneware




Artist Statement

I am interested in creating work that expresses my exploration
of form and line. These vessels become my visual vocabulary
for communicating my on-going experience with “pushing
clay”. My pieces are sculptural not intended to be functional;
they are expressive, not practical.

I create a constant change in pattern, line, and form. I am
interested in constructing pieces with angles and planes that
have multiple textures and hardness to them while enhancing
the beauty of the clay’s natural finish by wood firing.

This interaction between the malleable, versatile clay is
informed by my immediate reaction to the physical quality of
the material. My emotional, intuitive and physical reaction to
handling and manipulating the clay provides the pieces with
passion, power, animation, and elasticity.

I believe in expressing movement and gesture by using clay
to give the work integrity.

Heidi Kreitchet was accepted to Northern Arizona University’s
art program in 1999. Under the direction of Don Bendel, Jason
Hess, and Ted Adler, Kreitchet explored wood firing for the
next five years. After graduation, she was fortunate to assist
renowned ceramic artist Don Reitz. Kreitchet continued wood
firing for the next two years. In 2006, Kreitchet joined the Utah
State University program under the guidance of John Neely
and Dan Murphy. She received her MFA in May of 2009. Since
2011, Kreitchet has directed AMOCA Ceramics Studio in
Pomona, California and passionately built, from the ground up,
one of the largest ceramic studios in the country.

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