A R T I S T G A L L E R Y
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When I hold a ball of clay in my hand, I often have a preconceived idea of what I want to create. My intention might be to create something I find visually beautiful, or a conceptual piece that captures particular thoughts and feelings. Holding the ball of clay is a tuning-in to intention, but ultimately what is rendered is often a surprise. There’s a space between intention and something deeper within that inspires me. Although some of my pieces are symmetrical, I am most drawn to creating rough-edged sculptural forms that sometimes seem unfinished, as in the natural world. And as a practicing psychologist, I try to help people to soften and integrate their rough edges, not to get rid of them.
I am most drawn to the process of Raku and Sagger-firing pieces. Although time-consuming, the process of each renders beautiful effects, and it involves fire/smoke/ fuming/ and the use of organic materials. The results are often unpredictable and require effort and letting go.
Nancy Cahan has a B.A. in Art and Psychology, an M.Ed. in Expressive Art Therapy, and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology
She has shown in many juried shows at the Newburyport Art Gallery, Alper’s Fine Art Gallery (Andover), and other New England galleries. She has received four awards from the Newburyport Art Gallery for sculpture and fine craft, and has held two solo shows there. Purple Sage Pottery studio (Merrimac, Ma.) is the pottery center she works out of.