Through clay, I combine my love of urban ecology with making and exploring. This website serves as a visual record of my experiments in surface and form.

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Join me October 11, 2019, from 6-8 pm at the opening reception for

Bonnie Ralston: Traces

The Gallery at Three Rivers
Norwich, CT

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Statement

What I love most about working in clay is its physicality and unpredictability. There is a sort of magic to the process, and the finished work is not mine alone. It is a collaboration with water, heat, gravity, chemistry, time, and chance.

The studio is one of the few places where I feel unbroken. Through my work, I in turn salvage, repair, and make whole that which never was. I prefer to leave untouched the cracks, awkward joins, and scars — the evidence of becoming.

I take my aesthetic cues from my surroundings, and spend much of my time studying sidewalks, buildings, roadways, and walls. I'm inspired by moments that reveal the built environment softening and giving way to time, wear, and to the natural processes that govern us all.

Process

All of my work begins as a slab.

I rarely work from sketches.

My favorite tools are oxides, accidents, textures, and chance.

Every piece is a learning experience.

inquiries: bonnieralston@yahoo.com
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with gratitude and love to adrienne yurick and the community of artists at Third Avenue Clay who helped me find my way back to clay.