Juliane Shibata

Minnesota
Ceramic Artist
Active since 2006

My botanical installations reflect on the relationships between humans and the natural world. Flowers and plants have a defined lifespan: they grow, bloom, fade, and decompose. Ceramics are durable: they can last millennia. I am interested in the contrast between the transience of nature and beauty on the one hand, and the relative stability of fired ceramics on the other. I am compelled by the boundaries between artistic abstraction and botanical specificity, individuality and collectivity, and light and dark. The space between realms is especially poignant: the median strip between two clear paths is often the most contemplative, both visually and conceptually.

 

Juliane paints with underglazes on her functional and sculptural porcelain pieces, often referencing imagery found in Japanese paintings, screens, and ceramics. She was selected as a 2016 Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly and has been an artist in residence at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee and The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. Juliane has taught at Hope College in Holland, Michigan and at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She regularly exhibits her work nationally and co-curated the Exhibition (Michi) – Distinctive Paths, Shared Affinity: An Exhibition of Japanese American Ceramic Artists, which traveled the U.S. in 2016. She received a 2014 Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and her work is included in the permanent collection of Northern Arizona University’s Art Museum and the Brown-Forman Collection.

Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, 2006
Post-Baccalaureate Study, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, 2003-2004
Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 2001

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