Megan E Craddock - Ceramics
"I am a young fine artist with a drive to create living altars to the divine. I use my potter’s wheel to create objects which can be used to grow plants and nourish the body. I feel we all need more thriving green space in our lives for the benefit of our physical and emotional health. I want to build the vehicle that might encourage someone to become more intimately familiar with a plant who had never considered it a possibility before.
This work can be as simple as a flower pot but often stretches to bridge the gap between functional and sculptural. The quick turnaround of simple thrown pots gives me the freedom to explore glaze reactions and test new surfaces for more intricate sculptural forms. These objects also begin as large pots thrown on the wheel, which are altered and hand built into elaborate planters.
I fire all of my work with propane gas in an old electric kiln which has been stripped of its elements. My surfaces are directly influenced by Steven Hill’s formulations and explorations of microcrystalline matte glazes that can be fired to maturity at cone six. Beth Cavener-Stichter’s evocative animal sculptures are another source of inspiration and a constant encouragement to challenge social and physical boundaries in my artistic practice."
SAA Collective Gallery
420 South 6th Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Located in the H.D. Smith Gallery
In the Hoogland Center for the Arts
Tuesday - Wednesday 10 AM - 5 PM
Thursday - Saturday NOON - 7 PM
SAA Main Campus
School of Art (Studios),
Michael Victor II Art Library,
M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, and Edwards Place
700 North 4th Street
Springfield, IL 62702
Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 3 PM