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TARA LYNNE FRANCO

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Artist Statement

You must be the change you wish to see in the world – Gandhi

            The themes I am exploring in my current work relate to my interest and concern about humanity’s impact on nature through industry, science, technology and consumption – how each individual places their own ecological footprint on the environment in which they live. 

            What I find to be the most intriguing aspect of ceramics as a medium of expression is the ability of clay to become a permanent record of an idea, concept or feeling through its transformation and fusing in the kiln.  Each piece is a unique, composition of ceramic elements representing what can be found in nature and that which is man-made – leaves, flowers and buds alongside impressions from everyday cast-away items, in particular what we consider as garbage such as cans and take-out coffee cup lids.  I also incorporate reclaimed metal, paper, ceramic shards and other found materials into many of the pieces.  Glaze is used as the vehicle to fuse the individual elements together in the kiln allowing for spontaneity, improvisation, risk, and some uncertainty as the pieces evolve throughout the process of making.  Like the bricoleur, or junk man, I collect things that are reminiscent of the present time and catalogue, reorder and arrange them into three-dimensional objects that invite the viewer to reflect upon the relationship between themselves and their environments and the personal history they will leave behind. 

            I have a second body of work that consists of contemporary utilitarian forms for the home in fine porcelain which hint at aspects of the natural environment - the veins of a leaf, the curve of a petal, the shape of an animal.  My aesthetic is spare, but sensualist, in its gentle curves and creamy white palette.  My desire is not only to create pieces which afford enjoyment to the eye, but incorporate the elements of volume, surface design and structure which are pleasing to the hand, mouth and the table.  Each piece is elegantly appointed and functional, allowing the rich texture to make a statement on its own, or when coupled with food creates a perfect composition.

Biography

          Award-winning Canadian ceramic artist and designer Tara Lynne Franco is a graduate of the Crafts and Design program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario and has been    working clay for ten years, beginning on a part-time basis as a hobby and gradually taking on ceramics as a full-time career. 

         Tara holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, from the University of Waterloo.   She previously worked as a professional planner and policy advisor in the public sector where she played a leadership role in environmental and sustainable development issues in her home community of Hamilton, Ontario.  Passion for the environment, and a commitment to make a difference in her community, both inspires and informs her work and is at the root of her goal to evoke positive and creative responses to the stark realities of the impacts of our actions on our local and global environments.

          Tara Lynne Franco’s work can be seen at prominent galleries throughout Ontario, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Florida.  She has received several awards and recognitions for her work at both the national, provincial and local level and her work is in  international private and public collections including the Government of Ontario, Sheridan College and the Burlington Art Centre.

Since graduating in 2006 Tara Lynne Franco has been designing and producing work in her studio in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. 


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Florescence

Subject: Nature

Medium:  Porcelain and earthenware,

multiple firings

Dimensions:  19” H x 6.5” W

Price:  $495

Quantity: 1

Nasturtiums

Subject: Nature

Medium:  Porcelain and earthenware,

multiple firings

Dimensions:  19” H x 6.5” W

Price:  $495

Quantity: 1

Spider Chrysanthemum

Media:  Porcelain and earthenware, multiple firings

Dimensions:  6” H x 6” W

Price:  $195

Quantity: 1

Two Lotus

Media:  Porcelain and earthenware, multiple firings

Dimensions:  6” H x 6” W

Price:  $195

Quantity: 1

Garden Trellis I

Media:  Hand built and pressed molded earthenware & porcelain, multiple firings

Dimensions:  18” H x 7.5” W

Price:  $500

Quantity: 1

 

Orange Blossums

Media:  Hand built and pressed molded earthenware & porcelain, multiple firings

Dimensions:  4.5” H x 11 ” W

Price:  $250

Quantity: 1

Pillow Set with Shell Flowers

Media:  Hand built earthenware & porcelain, multiple firings

Dimensions:  Large 8” L x 7” W

Small 5" L x 4.5" W

Price:  Large $220

Small $80

Quantity: 1 of each

Quadrifoil Relief

Media:  Hand built and pressed molded earthenware & porcelain, multiple firings

Dimensions:  13” H x 9” W

Price:  $300

Quantity: 1

Reflection Series I of IV

Media:  Thrown, altered, & hand built porcelain with laser decal of Trillium Outcrop , multiple firings

Dimensions:  8” H x 9.5” W

Price:  $250

Quantity: 1

Reflection Series III of IV

Media:  Thrown, altered, & hand built porcelain with laser decal of Florescence, multiple firings

Dimensions:  9 ” H x 10.5” W

Price:  $250

Quantity: 1

Reflection Series IV of IV

Media:  Thrown, altered, & hand built porcelain with laser decal of Lotus Duo, multiple firings

Dimensions:  6.5 ” H x 11 ” W

Price:  $250

Quantity: 1

Rose Pillows

Media:  Hand built earthenware & porcelain, multiple firings

Dimensions:  Large 8” L x 6.5” W

Medium 6.5" L x 4.5" W

Small 5" L x 4.5" W

Price:  Large $220

Medium $150

Small $80

Quantity: 1 of each

Spider Chrysanthemums

Media:  Hand built and pressed molded earthenware & porcelain, multiple firings

Dimensions:  19” H x 6.5 ” W

Price:  $450

Quantity: 1

Spiraling Roses

Media:  Hand built and pressed molded earthenware & porcelain, multiple firings

Dimensions:  10” H x 10 ” W

Price:  $250

Quantity: 1

Three Trillium

Media:  Hand built and pressed molded earthenware & porcelain, multiple firings

Dimensions:  19” H x 6.5 ” W

Price:  $450

Quantity: 1

Trilliums in the Window

Media:  Hand built and pressed molded earthenware & porcelain, multiple firings

Dimensions:  9 ” H x 6.5 ” W

Price:  $300

Quantity: 1

Window Blooms

Media:  Hand built and pressed molded earthenware & porcelain, multiple firings

Dimensions:  11” H x 11 ” W

Price:  $395

Quantity: 1