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Friday, December 30, 2011

Claybord Installation Art from Mary Ann Peters

Mary Ann Peters and Jim Olson in the meditation room
There are always new and interesting uses for artist materials, and in this case, an endless list of ways to create art on panels. 

Mary Ann Peters did just that -- taking painting to the next level with installation work designed by Jim Olson, who creates residences for major art collectors via his firm, Olson Kundig.

Mary Ann created several large pieces using tinted plaster, Claybord™, gouache and watercolor for private residences both nationally and internationally.  The Washington State Museum of Art is currently featuring her work in an exhibition titled:  Jim Olson:  Architecture for Art.

The exhibition includes Mary Ann's interior, a meditation room, which is painted on custom built Claybord.  Mary Ann stumbled onto Clayboard in 1997 doing research for panels that would travel well for a residency in Istanbul.  At the time she was making her own plaster based surfaces, however, Clayboard appealed to her need to make both a detailed precise mark and a diffused wash on one surface, two methods that she regularly employs in her work. As though painting on unfired porcelain, Mary Ann shares, "[my] work in painting on earthen surfaces was a direct result of traveling in non Western countries where images were made with a marriage to the natural surfaces of the culture's dwellings."

Mary Ann puts a lot of thought into her work, her muses being architecture, science, personal heritage and lost histories.  Many of her interiors are quite a bit larger than this meditation room surrounding the viewer, the resident, with a sense of wonder and awe.  It is clear how Mary ann is able to meet the desires of her clients by her close attention to their lives and surroundings.  To see more of her work, her process and bio, refer to her website.

Ampersand has a wide variety of panels to choose from, in all different sizes with many different archival finishes.  To learn more about Claybord specifically, you can find out all the technical details on our website:

Paint on!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Holidays from Ampersand

It has been a busy and full year for Ampersand, and hopefully for you to as the economy is beginning to pick up.  We've enjoyed seeing your work online and hope you'll continue to join us and post on our Facebook page and here on our blog, and don't forget to find us on Twitter, too.

As the New Year opens, we'll be spending more time writing to you here in our blog and starting up a monthly newsletter.  So, if you haven't already signed up, please do so!

We'll be highlighting artists who use Ampersand panels and sharing their techniques and projects with you.  If you have questions about panels, thoughts and comments, please don't hesitate to write to us.

We are also always on the lookout for your work and blogs, so let us know who you are and what creative things you're doing on panel!

However you spend the holiday season, whether it be with family celebrating or at home in your studio working, Ampersand wishes you and yours the very best.