Valerie Banes Hancock
My work is wheel thrown and altered, and high fired in a soda kiln.  To emphasize the altered forms, I utilize the soda during the firing to offer a contrast in satin and glossy surfaces making the piece not only visually interesting but also tactilely engaging.  I also particularly enjoy the way that the altered forms displace liquid and food out of the round and into unique and individual shapes.  By creating functional altered dinner and servingware, I hope to inspire people to slow down, examine and enjoy, while restoring, creating or simply embracing the bonds between family and friends. Since 2013, I have been working as the Ceramics Art Technician and an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas, where I manage the ceramics facility, teach undergraduate clay classes and keep a studio.

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