Cherie Westmoreland

For me making art, creating, is like working a puzzle and finding new ways to put the pieces together. Experimentation and improvisation are integral to my process.

My work is handbuilt. Some pieces focus on the human face, birds (particularly crows), vines, ferns, trees, fish, and explorations of the form of the vessel (nesting vessels, and holey pieces that play with light and shadows). My photographic image transfers incorporate photographs that I have taken, text fragments, and old family photographs. Sometimes these are put together using Photoshop, layering images to create collaged dreamlike sequences. Most pieces are stoneware or porcelain, fired to Cone 6 or 7 in an electric kiln. I often use underglazes, mason stains, iron oxide, and sculptural glazes in layers to create rich textured surfaces.

I also enjoy creating fabric designs, my fabric designs can be printed on different kinds of fabric through Spoonflower in Durham, NC.