Yummy Mud Puddle
Claudia Dunaway ~ Woodblock Printmaking
From carving designs through layers of colored slip on pottery to carving woodblocks for printmaking seemed a natural transition to Claudia. After 40+ years of making pots she searched for a simpler, cleaner, and more efficient art practice. A practice where the results of the carving were apparent in a matter of days and corrections or additions could be seen immediately as opposed to weeks with gas fired pottery.
During the summer of 2018, Claudia participated in a workshop at Penland School of Craft taught by Japanese print master, Keiji Shinohara. Equipment for “mokuhanga,” a traditional Japanese form of woodblock printmaking, involves wood blocks, one for each color within the print, water based liquid pigment, soft brushes suitable papers, a disk baren for applying pressure to the paper on the block, good sharp wood carving tools, a design, and elbow grease. All the tools and materials are easily transportable and non toxic.
Claudia may return to pottery in the future, but for now look for more prints.
Previous to printmaking, Claudia Dunaway was a potter for nearly 40 years, having originally studied with legendary potter Charles Counts in Rising Fawn, Georgia, and at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro. Her education continued through the years through a series of workshops conducted by such notable potters as John Glick, Jack Troy, Toshiko Takeauz, and Peter King. More recently a Penland workshop lead by Kathy King and Paul Wandless on printmaking on clay has added to her repertoire of techniques.
After long stretches in both Fredericksburg, Virginia and St. Augustine, Florida teaching and owning galleries, she and her artist husband John Richards returned in 2003 to North Carolina to immerse themselves in the rich community of local artists anchored by the Penland School of Crafts northeast of Asheville. Together with daughter and textile artist, Kathryn Lynch, they established the Yummy Mud Puddle in Burnsville.
Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally in galleries and exhibitions. In addition to being a founding member of Mica, she is also a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, and the Spruce Pine Potters Market. When not making pottery Claudia enjoys playing music with the Toe River Chamber Orchestra and the novelty jazz band, Hot Duck Soup.