Vicki McComas

I have been working seriously in clay for forty years. I graduated from The Maryland Institute College of Art in 1978 with a degree in graphic Design. I worked for several years teaching clay for The Baltimore Bureau of Recreation in their after school programs. In 1985 I started taking Continuing Studies clay classes at MICA. I have taken a class every semester since then. Several years ago I became a member of The Potter’s Guild of Maryland and also started teaching there.I have had shows at Shoal Creek Gallery in Austin, Texas – Iota Gallery in Dallas, Texas – The Gudelsky Gallery at Maryland College of Art and Design in Silver Spring – Group shows at Maryland Institute College of Art – Elzeard gallery in Fell’s Point. I have pieces of my work in many private collections in both Europe and the U.S. One prominent Baltimore musician Edward Polochik has been collecting my work since 1979.

I have been called an urban folk arist. I build my world, my beliefs, my philosophies. Old rowhouses and their contents – shrines to peoples everday lives. I have a love of gods that share the same foibles as man, Raven in Haida indian tales (lusty, bawdy trickster} yet he releases man onto earth, gives him genitals and discovers light – coyote in southwestern indian myth – rabbit in African tales. I build my great grandmother “The Dowager Empress of the Bodkin Creek and her Noble Dog Teddy”. My aunt lived in Japan in the 1950’s and sent home old japanese fairy tales and legends, fish gods and goddesses, tales of monkeys and dragons, kokeshi dolls and netsukes. They figure prominently in my work. I also have a great love of the animal figure.

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