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MADAN, RUCHIKA
MADAN, RUCHIKA
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Summer Hum, Artist Statement October 2012 - This was the first year in a while that my neighborhood enjoyed summer nights with insect sounds. I don't know why, but something brought the crickets back to Somerville and made us feel like it was country living. I spent as much time as I could putting around my urban garden, listening to the summer humming with birds and bees, observing the quiet work of the slugs, snails, and snakes that live there. We are keeping honeybees again, so the bees and I went about our daily business side by side and I realized how much I had missed their company. Of course their beautiful comb pattern worked its way into my work - perfect for jars and dessert plates. I continue to draw upon these immediate surroundings, looking to garden life as source material for drawings and patterns.

All of the work is made from white stoneware clay using forming technique which include wheel-throwing, slab-building and the use of plaster molds. I like to choose a simple clean form, with soft corners and planes for experimentation with line drawing, texture, color, and pattern development. The surfaces are created by stamping, incising and carving, and brushing, stenciling, trailing and inlaying color slips. I enjoy using a limited group of glaze and underglaze materials with different application methods and layering them to achieve a wide variety of results. All pieces are oxidation fired to cone 6.

EDUCATION
1997 - 1998
Post- Baccalaureate Program, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA
1989 - 1993
BFA Ceramics, Maine College of Art (formerly Portland School of Art), Portland, ME

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
1997 - Present
Studio Potter and Tile Maker, Somerville, MA
2005 - Present
Board of Directors, Mudflat Studio, Somerville, MA
1999 – 2005, 2010
Faculty, Mudflat Studio, Somerville, MA
1997 - 2002
Faculty, Brookline Arts Center, Brookline, MA
1999 - 2002
Program Committee, Brookline Arts Center, Brookline, MA
2000 - 2001
Artist-in-Residence, Mudflat Studio, Somerville, MA
1995 -1997
Artist-in-Residence, Infinity Gallery and Studio, Newton, MA
1995
Studio Potter and Instructor, Islesford Pottery, Islesford, ME

TEACHING
1999 - Present
Faculty, Mudflat Studio, Someville, MA
2012
Visiting Artist Workshop at Sawmill Pottery, Putnam, CT
1997-2002
Faculty, Brookline Arts Center, Brookline, MA

SELECT EXHIBITIONS
2012
Handle with Care, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
The Art of Dining, Holiday Cup Show, Krikorian Gallery, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
Line & Color: Women in Clay, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX
Domestic Arts, Sawmill Pottery, Putnam, CT
2011
Creatures of the Night, MudFire, Decatur, GA
Featured Artist, New Work, AKAR Design, Iowa City, Iowa
2007 - 2012
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Design, Iowa City, IA
Small Favors II - VI, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2010, 2012
ArtTILE, Indigenous, Cincinnati, OH
2008 - 2011
La Mesa at NCECA, Santa Fe Clay, Annual NCECA conference, (Venue varies)
2010
Functional Ceramics Exhibition 2010, Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, OH
ArtTILE, Indigenous, Cincinnati, OH
Animal, Mineral, Vegetable, Granary Gallery, West Tisbury, MA
2009
Draw and Decal, MudFire, Decatur, GA
Cup show at NCECA, Cervini-Haas Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Blooming: New Work for Spring, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
2008 - 2009
Made in Clay, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY
2007 - 2008
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, E. Harrisburg, PA
2008
Another Cup?, Invitational Exhibition of Cups, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
2007
For the Table, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
Drink It In, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
Small and Exquisite, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO
Plates and Platters, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
The Art of Tools, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA

COLLECTIONS
Celestial Seasonings, Boulder, CO

PUBLICATIONS
2010
Surfaces, Glazes & Firing, Lark Books
2008
500 Plates Platters and Chargers, Lark Books
Ceramic Surface Design, Lark Books
500 Tiles, Lark Books
2005
Making and Installing Handmade Tiles, Lark Books
500 Cups, Lark Books
Handmade, Inspired House, Taunton Press, April
2003
500 Bowls, Lark Publishing
Up Front, Ceramics Monthly, The American Ceramic Society, January

AWARDS
2006
Travel Stipend Award, Coen Family Foundation, Philadelphia Furniture and Furnishings Show, Philadelphia, PA