Fabrications of clay: Deborah Goodwin’s work in Brandon

If Deborah Goodwin’s ceramic art pieces resemble fabric, there’s a good reason. “I’ve borrowed some techniques from apparel manufacturing,” explains the former fashion merchandiser, “making a pattern and embossing clay slabs with fabric textures.”
The combination of supple fabric details and hard clay makes a comfortable, casual fit. “All my pieces are functional, with a — hopefully — fun twist,” Deborah says.
The Brandon Artists Guild — “the BAG” to those in the know — on Friday opens a show of ceramic works by Goodwin, who lives and makes art in Stockbridge, Vt., which is just east on Route 73 over the mountains and south on Route 100 a couple miles. The exhibit, “Fabrications in Clay,” runs June 29 through Aug. 28. The public is invited to the opening reception Friday, June 29, from 5 to 7 p.m.
This show is part of Vermont Arts 2018 — a yearlong celebration highlighting arts events across the state — sponsored by the Vermont Arts Council. The largest piece in the BAG show, “Strata,” is a series of nine interconnected tiles, or trivets. “I envisioned each trivet as an individual work but wanted the textures and colors to flow throughout the whole installation,” Goodwin says.
Goodwin holds a B.F.A. in ceramics and sculpture from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. She discovered the Brandon Artists Guild on vacations in Vermont while working as a clothing designer in New York. In 2007 she and her family moved to Vermont and she rekindled her passion for ceramics. She joined the BAG as an exhibiting member in 2017.
The BAG, at 7 Center St. in Brandon, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 802 247-4956.

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