The Mountains are Calling, a collaborative art exhibit in Telluride

Deidre and I hung our collaborative mountain show in Telluride yesterday
Deidre and I hung our collaborative mountain show in Telluride yesterday

Deidra and I hung our collaborative mountain show in Telluride yesterday

Alone we can do so little;
Together we can do so much
– Helen Keller

Yesterday I hung a long awaited collaborative Mountain Art exhibit at the Telluride Library, with my good friend Deidre Krois. Here is a little about the show…

Ridgway based mixed media artist Kellie Day and potter Deidra Krois have teamed up to create an exhibit of mountain illustration pottery.

With decades of illustration and commercial design experience, Kellie created the original line drawings of mountains you see here, based on our beautiful San Juan mountains. These original illustrations were then digitized, cleaned up and resized to fit various ceramic applications created by Deidra.

 My illustration of a ridge in our San Juan Mountains, which Deidre used on her pottery

My illustration of a ridge in our San Juan Mountains, which Deidre used on her pottery

The digital copies of the illustrations were printed on waterslide decal paper with a high iron content black ink. The work in this exhibit was handbuilt or thrown on a potter’s wheel from a chocolate stoneware clay, textured, fired to form bisqueware, glazed and fired once more. The mountain and text decals were then applied to the glazed pots and fired again to permanently fix the decal to the piece. All pieces in this exhibit are food, microwave and dishwasher safe.

illustration-with-plateThrough this collaboration we each have been pushed to take our work to a more detailed and diverse level in ways we had not known before, causing us both to grow as artists.

We have collaborated on other illustration series as well, including poppy flowers, Dia de los Muertos skeletons, and river art. This combination of ceramics and illustration has created a beautiful body of work and built a rewarding relationship between two artists. Our partnership has created space and time for networking with each others’ customer base, sharing social networking strategies and learning about each other’s medium.

We are excited to bring together our passions to create timeless art that inspires the viewer to see the expression of the mountains and lifestyle we love in a work of art that can be used and cherished.

If you’re in Telluride between now and February, stop by and see the show at Wilkinson Public Library.

Click here to purchase art from this exhibit, through Telluride Arts.

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