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Artist Statement -



I gather both inspiration and natural materials from the Atlantic and Pacific coastal regions, as well as the areas around Taos and Santa Fe New Mexico. I would characterize my pottery as being organically inspired and calming to the senses. They reflect my feelings about the experience of personal growth; physical, mental and spiritual. I use asymmetric balance as an expression of the challenges of our lives, a reminder that we can keep our center and grow more uniquely beautiful as our own life story unfolds.

My technique typically involves either throwing and altering, or pinch work. In the process of experimenting with different clay bodies, I discovered an affinity for porcelain. I have a strong attachment to nature, so although I occasionally work with oxides, glazes and underglazes, it is my often my choice to finish a piece by burnishing with terra sigillata. Depending on the particular series being created, the work may be smoked after the burnishing or it may be left white and finally buffed with archival wax.

I have achieved my goal when my vessels take on a personality of their own. I allow the forms to develop a story or personality, an almost human evolvement. Things happen in life. We are shaped by so many factors. As a result, we come into our own as unique individuals and my vessels reflect this process.

Artist Exhibitions



1997
National Fourth of July Juried Show, Associated Artists of South Port, Franklin Square Gallery, Honorable Mention for Sculptural Form

1998
Orange Street Juried Art Festival
National Fourth of July Juried Show, Associated Artists of South Port, Franklin Square Gallery
Piney Woods Juried Art Show, CP&L Purchase Award presented by Arts Council of the Lower Cape Fear

1999
Orange Street Juried Art Festival, Second Place Show Award
Awarded Art Grant by Arts Council of the Lower Cape Fear

2001
South Cobb Arts Alliance 14th National Juried Art Exhibition

2002
“Hand Crafted”, Juried Art Exhibition, Rocky Mount Arts Center

2003
31st Annual Competition for North Carolina Artists, Fayetteville Museum of Art
Airlie Arts Festival, Juried Arts Show, Airlie Gardens, Wilmington, NC
National Fourth of July Juried Show, Associated Artists of South Port, Franklin Square Gallery, Honorable Mention for Sculptural Form
“Hand Crafted”, Juried Art Exhibition, Rocky Mount Arts Center

2004
Airlie Arts Festival, Juried Arts Show, Airlie Gardens, Wilmington, NC
Awarded Art Grant by Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County
Exhibition at New Elements Art Gallery, Wilmington, NC
“Art in the Garden” Juried Art and Fine Craft Exhibition, The Arboretum at the New Hanover County Cooperative Extension
Exhibition at Fayetteville Museum of Art, Fayetteville, NC

2005
Airlie Arts Festival, Juried Arts Show, Airlie Gardens, Wilmington, NC, Jury Award for Clay
Work purchased for inclusion in the permanent art collection of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Exhibitor in “Southern Traditions” Exhibition at New Elements Art Gallery, Wilmington, NC
Piece accepted for silent auction at annual “Black and White” Charity Ball and Auction, Wilmington, NC
Featured Artist Exhibition at Sunset River Marketplace, Calabash, NC

2006
Through Women's Eyes, By Women's Hands, Juried Art Show sponsered by the Women's Center in Chapel Hill, NC.
River Landing Art Show Juried Art Show at River Landing in Wallace, NC
Sanford Pottery Festival, Largest Juried Pottery Show in North Carolina, Sanford, NC.
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Artist Publications



Carolina Arts - Feature Articles November Issue 2005

Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC, Features Works by Cindy Weaver

Ginny Lassiter, director of Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC, announced the gallery will be featuring new sculptured clay works by Wilmington, NC, artist Cindy Weaver, through Dec. 3, 2005. The show is titled, Natural Growth - In Nature, In Art, In Self - Honoring the Journey.

Weaver is an accomplished artist, exploring and creating art in various media for the past thirty years. She has studied pottery under Hiroshi Sueyoshi and Dina Wilde-Ramsing in Wilmington, and has earned awards from numerous juried art shows and has been the recipient of several art grants. In addition to Sunset River Marketplace, her work may be found at Louise Cameron Art Museum.

About the show, Weaver said, "To me, honoring something is really the simple act of giving something the time it needs to be seen and appreciated. In my life, one of the most worthy things to honor is Nature. I am endlessly fascinated, and find inspiration for my art, by walking in the woods and looking at the incredible beauty. Leaves, twigs, rocks - what in Nature isn't inspiring? I seek to honor them all by creating sculptural pieces that combine a memory of their beauty, along with my own creative interpretations."

Weaver adds, "The majority of my forms also honor being female, being a mother. My pieces are soft in form, and show movement. The way the clay moves around a stick and incorporates it into the form might remind the viewer of the subtle ways we can cooperate in life, grow, learn, and teach, without losing ourselves. You might also see the mother-child connection in my work, along with the aspects of growth that comes from that deep, precious relationship. That is where honoring the Self comes to play. I honor and am grateful for all that I have learned along the way, and I try to tell my story of personal growth through my work."

In viewing Weaver's work, one notices the asymmetric balance in her pieces. According to the artist, this is an expression of the challenges in our lives, a reminder that we can keep our centers and grow more uniquely beautiful as our own life stories unfold. Weaver generally leaves her art pieces unglazed. She smokes each one outside until it achieves the look she seeks. Timing, process and finish vary from one piece to the next. Each one is then buffed with a museum quality archival wax to a natural glow. The color and texture of the buffed surfaces are inspired by stones, weathered wood, seashells, marble, leather and bird eggs.

Lassiter said, "Cindy's pieces are very tactile. Visitors to the gallery are drawn to touching and holding the smaller pieces. I personally find her sculptures to be a calming influence in the gallery. They're almost spiritual in nature."

Sunset River Marketplace is a 10,000 square-foot gallery housing the works of more than 200 artists - all from either North or South Carolina. The eclectic gallery showcases high quality work in virtually every genre. Since opening in 2002, it has become an invaluable resource for locals and a destination for visitors.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 910/575-5999 or at www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com.
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Artist Collections



Progress Energy, Wilmington, NC
University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Permanent Collection...

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