ARTIST STATEMENT

My name is Tana as in Montana and I use wheel throwing, hand building, stamp textures and slip painted images to create pottery that is durable, usable art. I have a B.A. in Ceramics and Drawing from MSU-Billings and an M.F.A. in Ceramics and Painting from Texas Tech University. I have studied, taught, and worked in the visual arts for almost 40 years.

My family has been in Montana for several generations.  My life is quiet and filled with  work.  For forty hours a week, I make cups in a production pottery.  The handmade cups are sold wholesale to several national parks and in a busy week, Cold Mountain Pottery can make and ship between 300 to 400 cups.

At home in my own studio I make my own work and sell through local Billings galleries, Art Walk, and various art events.  I live surrounded by art, my family, our animals, and a very small but magical house. We don’t allow herbicides, insecticides, or chemical fertilizers on the place and we use wind power to electrify the home and studio.  I feel these actions influence the imagery drawn from my garden and observation of small everyday things. Perhaps small but beautiful is the look and function I am attempting to achieve.

My work is available at two Billings outlets: Frame Hut and Gallery at 1430 Grand Ave., and Marketplace 3301 at 3301 1st Ave. North. Sales of items not at Frame Hut or Marketplace 3301 may be made by contacting me.  See the Contact page for information.  Live simply and fully :)