Ramsdell chosen as featured artists in Libertytown Arts Workshop
Friday, October 18, 2013
Award winning potter Cherie Ramsdell is currently one of the featured artists at acclaimed artist collective Libertytown Arts Workshop in Fredericksburg, Va.
Ramsdell’s dichromatic horsehair pottery is a modern interpretation of the Apache tradition honoring a fallen war horse. The hair of the tail or mane is incorporated into the vessel, so the spirit of the horse is always present. Her work will be on display through Oct. 31.
Ramsdell is an assistant professor of graphic design at Dakota Wesleyan University and also teaches photography. She also designs the murals for the Corn Palace and has done so for the past 10 years. She became interested in pottery as a personal form of expression while working on her master’s degree in art education at Northern State University in Aberdeen.
“I briefly hold the horse hair where I want the design,” Ramsdell said. “The firing time, roughly a minute, is intensely hot but it must be done without protective gloves.”
When the piece has cooled, she scrubs off excess carbon and applies wax to protect its surface. The result is a soft organic patina that looks more like wood or marble than clay.