Stephanie Seguin received her BFA in ceramics in 2009 from Minnesota State University, Moorhead.  Since graduating, she has worked her way from studio to studio, gaining experience and exploring new styles in her personal work.  This summer she will be assisting at La Meridiana International School for the Ceramic Arts in Tuscany, Italy.

Her show, Altering Forms and Space at Stumptown Art Studio explores the way in which functional ceramics are displayed and the alteration of ceramic forms that are used in daily life.  Items that are normally hidden away in cupboards are displayed in a fashion that is suitable for a gallery setting and the home.  Seguin works with wheel-thrown and altered functional forms, which she manipulates while the clay is still soft, using a variety of hand-building techniques to create a gentle, feminine quality.  This quality is also present in her decorative surfaces, where she often incorporates images inspired by the garden.

Stumptown Art Studio is a non-profit community art center located in the heart of Whitefish, Montana.  It was founded in 1995 to offer art opportunities for all ages and art interests including: classes, workshops, camps, art parties, an artists’ cooperative, art outreach programs with the Van Gogh, and daily walk-in pottery painting, glass fusing and mosaic-making in the Ceramics Annex, art gifts, retail art supplies and exhibits.  Exhibits hosted at Stumptown Art Studio feature guest artists, group displays, student works, new works and provide exhibition space for emerging artists.  The public is invited to stop by and enjoy this year’s 2012 First Thursday Gallery Night season from May through October between 6 and 9 p.m. during opening receptions or for a month following anytime during regular open hours:  Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays, noon-5 p.m.

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