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Donna McGee

by on March 6, 2012

My name is Abby, I’m a senior at the Academy at Charlemont. February 14th our class took a trip to the East Street Clay Studio in Hadley to visit Donna McGee. Donna’s unique style of painting and etching on her ceramic pieces result in beautiful and funky tiles and pots. Her method is mainly based on the sgraffito technique, the process of painting wet clay with slip and scratching an image into the coating. Donna’s inspiration comes from figures, landscapes and home life; a shelf is packed with sketchbooks full of ideas, designs, and studies. While showing us her process we were given small slabs of clay to make our own tiles. I was really excited to try the sgraffito technique, it was great to learn the process, be inspired, and then actually get the chance to put my energy into what I had just learned. Here are pictures from our trip:

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