The porcelain vessels made by Amanda Buder-Eccleston are whimsical and delicate, and if you look closely, they are also perfect for this time of year –– when spooks are hitting the streets.
The Kamloops artist, who is joining the Okanagan Potters Association for their annual fall show at the Best Western Vernon Lodge this weekend, is known for her work described as a “rococo mermaid organic undersea fantasy tea party,” but if you look closely, you may get a bit of a surprise.
Human skulls and other contrasting icons are often stamped onto her pieces.
When asked “why the skull?” by her patrons, Buder-Eccleston usually responds, “I had to complete the circle of life. Death is at the end of the cycle.”
A graduate of Thompson River University’s fine arts program, Buder-Eccleston has been making ceramic art and pottery for the past five years.
Since graduating, she has been a part of an invitational group exhibition and has had two solo exhibitions, as well as being short-listed for an artist residency at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.
“I have taken some time to travel to foreign destinations like France, Germany and South America. While back at home I volunteered as a board member for (Kamloops) Arnica Artist Run Centre for two years and have been working as a film artist as well as a ceramic one,” she said.
The inspiration for Buder-Eccleston’s work comes from photographs of plant growth, seed textures, and coral structure.
“Random patterning in nature is a large influence and something I look at very closely and attempt to imitate,” she said. “I am fascinated with hybrids of plants and animals and fantasize about creating mutant life-forms from combining plant and invertebrate DNA. These thoughts manifest into my ceramic sculptures, where I apply all of my hand-building techniques in clay to create them. My pottery and art work are a celebration of growth and fertility combined with the unexpected. I push the clay to form delicate shapes and parts as far as it will go.”
Visitors can see Buder-Eccleston’s work along with that of many other ceramic artists and potters in the Best Western Vernon Lodge’s main ballroom. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m to 5 p.m Saturday. Admission and parking is free. More information is at www.okanaganpotters.ca.