Today we’d like to introduce you to Annie Buchholz.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design where I studied ceramics and glass blowing. I grew up in a creative family and learned the value of handmade craft at a young age. What began as a fun hobby has turned in to a lifelong pursuit of happiness. Advancing your craft takes discipline and an open mind. Ceramics and glass both quiet my mind from the buzz of daily life and force me in to my body. I have to become one with my work and this has brought great peace to my life. Ceramics and glass are both incredibly humbling mediums with seemingly infinite more for me to learn. I look forward to continuing this journey.
Please tell us about your art.
I make a line of functional ceramics and blown glass work as well as mixed media sculptures. I love working on the wheel for both functional and sculptural ceramic work. I find the process of the wheel so mesmerizing and meditative. Lately I have had a lot of orders to fill and have been focused on functional clay work. I love working one on one with a client to create the perfect piece for them whether it’s a special flower pot for one person or a batch of 30 mugs for a coffee shop.
In my sculpture work I like to work intuitively with the clay. Sometimes it feels like my creatures build themselves and I am just the biologist discovering them. Sculpture is where my disciplined craft experience gets to run wild. I follow my instincts when it comes to form, color and surface textures and end up with these pieces that feel dually authentically me and a shocking surprise. I finish my anthropomorphic creatures with a variety of materials from encaustic paint to flocking. These pieces excited me and I’m looking forward to continuing this exploration of my work.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
I think the biggest challenge facing artist today is competitive pressure. With so much access to other people’s work on the internet we are constantly flooded with ideas, good and bad, and bring that back to our work whether we intend to or not. Making art should be sacred but it’s unfortunately become so commercial. I understand the pressure of using my work to financially support myself but also feel it’s detrimental to cater too directly to the people for there’s risk in losing the spark that brought you to create in the first place. It’s a balancing act which can end up pretty stressful. I try to step back and make sure my intentions are clearly set when I begin a new piece.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work can be seen online at www.anniebuchholz.com and you can follow along on Instagram @annie_buchholz to stay updated on upcoming exhibitions. My work is available for sale on my website or you can send me an email to inquire about custom pieces.
- Website: Www.anniebuchholz.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @annie_buchholz