Kim has tried many mediums. Clay has kept her attention for the longest period: 17 years. She began making pottery in 2003. Self taught till taking workshops with Master Potters starting at Arrowmont School of Art in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and the Odyessy Center for Ceramic Arts in Asheville, NC. "Clay has been waiting for me," says Kim.
Kim has always been drawn to art and working with other artists. As owner of the Kubiac Gallery for 9 years on Main Street in Douglas, she loved working with artists and often traveled to visit them and see their studios, including traversing as far as India. Her own home is an art gallery in itself, as her walls and shelves hold a diverse collection of eclectic fine art.
Kim works out of her home studio here in West Michigan. Each winter she spents time at the Stanta Fe Clay Studio in Santa Fe New Mexico. Kim does raku pottery that has a lovely crackle effect. It is created by a special crackle glaze being applied. Then the pottery is placed in an electric kiln. Once it is done, it is taken outside and set in a controlled and covered fire. The crackle effect is created from the fire as the smoke settles into the cracks and clay, creating those lovely dark marks.
Kim also works here at J. Petter Galleries as an art and gallery consultant, so you may see her around in person. Be sure to take advantage of being able to hear about her artwork from the artist herself!