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ARTIST OF THE MONTH

Artist of the Month: Visual

 

 

Stephanie Miller-Davis

Stephanie Miller-Davis pursues her passion for clay both as studio artist and as teacher. She enjoyed a long career as an art educator for the East Cleveland City schools, retiring in 2007. Throughout her teaching years, she sought to continue working with clay by participating in workshops all around the country, studying with many exceptional artists including Josh DeWeese, Julia Galloway, Lana Wilson, Margaret Bowls, Suze Lindsay, McKenzie Smith, Randy Broadnax and Kristin Kieffer. Each of these artists has had a significant impact on her style and technique. Through the years Stephanie has maintained studio space at home, in a co-operative community studio,and in a downtown warehouse, but in 2014 she finally found her perfect workspace. She and her husband, graphic designer Don Davis moved from Cleveland Heights to a larger property in Orange Village. Here they built a brand new pottery studio where she currently enjoys creating her own work and teaching students of all ages and skill levels. Stephanie’s current work focuses on thrown and altered and hand built functional pieces with stamped and textured surfaces. The interaction of the person who eventually possesses and uses her work completes the cycle, which begins with a humble ball of soft clay and through a laborious and often risky process, eventually emerges as a finished piece, lovely to look at, to hold and to use.