Katelyn Rinehart

Part 1

Greetings, my name is Katelyn Rinehart. I am a double major in 3D Art with an emphasis in ceramics and Leadership in the Arts with a minor in Community Arts. I transferred to WU in 2018 after attending San Joaquin Delta College, a community college in California, to get my AA in Interdisciplinary Studies. As a 3D artist I have spent much of my time working with different media and I love to explore my creativity using these materials. At heart I am both a potter and a sculptor. When I started doing art in community college I attended a couple ceramics classes and was hooked. When I work with clay it allows me to create artistic and functional pottery. My background in clay has informed my current artwork. Recently, due to the coronavirus, I have lost access to the studio at school, so I have been making art at home and experimenting with new materials. At the moment, I am using air-dry clay which is similar to clay but has different working properties and limitations.

It’s Not All Blue (view 1), 2020, air-dry clay and watercolors, 8x6x3 inches, $125
It’s Not All Blue (view 2), 2020, air-dry clay and watercolors, 8x6x3 inches, $125

This week I am showing two pieces that I made while at home. I have been creating pieces that are mainly abstract, and I see them as a continuation of the pieces that I was working on at school which focused on movement. My knowledge of textures is brought on by my memories of specimens from nature, and as I work I use sketches of circular, organic shapes. The abstraction that is created from my imagination allows me to not focus on any one subject as I work. Then through the creative process the work is abstracted further. The abstraction of the work allows me to experiment with new colors and textures as I explore the full possibilities of the medium.

If you are interested in purchasing my work, please contact me through my website. A link can be found at the bottom of this post.

Crawling in Red (view 1), 2020, air-dry clay and acrylics, 6×4.5×3.75 inches, $125
Crawling in Red (view 2), 2020, air-dry clay and acrylics, 6×4.5×3.75 inches,$125

Part 2

The two pieces that I am showing this week were made recently as a continuation of the work that I had in my first blog post. In the chaos of life, I am trying to stay busy by creating new art whenever possible. While working on these pieces, I focused on organic shapes with interesting lines as well as playing around with textures. I enjoy the idea that they look like they might go crawling off somewhere.  Each creation starts with an idea and as I work, I let my mind escape into what l am doing. This is how I develop the character and uniqueness for each piece. By letting the piece change as I work, I can break up the repetition that can happen in an art piece.

Twisted in Red (view 1), 2020, air-dry clay and acrylic, 4×6.5×4 inches, $125
Twisted in Red (view 2), 2020, air-dry clay and acrylic, 4×6.5×4 inches, $125

The world is in turmoil, and life is uncertain. Art is one of the ways that I am dealing with everything that is happening around me. When I don’t know what to do, I start on an abstract artwork by channeling all my emotions into creating that piece. When I look at the end result of my second piece it reminds me of a small burst of sunshine behind the clouds of life.  I hope that by stopping by this art blog, it inspires you to create art or pick up a new hobby while we are all stuck at home.

If you are interested in purchasing my work, please contact me through my website. A link can be found at the bottom of this post.

Bursts of Rays (view 1), 2020, air-dry clay and acrylic, 6x11x4.5 inches, $125
Bursts of Rays (view 2), 2020, air-dry clay and acrylic, 6x11x4.5 inches, $125

Part 3

Bursting in Blue (view 1), 2020, air-dry clay and acrylic, 8.5x5x4.5 inches, $125

This week, my first piece was made as a compliment to one that was shown in my previous blog post, Bursts of Rays. I call this piece Bursting in Blue. It is a colorful piece painted in blue and carefully layered in various colors which gives it a bright and chill vibe. When I was making this little beast, I worked to create spikes all over the body. Because of the spikes it can be moved and arranged to stand in different positions. I like to think that it almost looks as if it has a life of its own. While I have been making these things over the past few weeks, I like to imagine them crawling off to hide.

If you are interested in purchasing my work, please contact me through my website. A link can be found at the bottom of this post.

Bursting in Blue (view 2), 2020, air-dry clay and acrylic, 8.5x5x4.5 inches, $125
Bursting in Blue (view 3), 2020, air-dry clay and acrylic, 8.5x5x4.5 inches, $125

This watercolor is part of a design that I worked on last week for an idea produced from another of my art classes. Since the shutdown, all my classes have had to do a 180° shift and determine how to switch up classes so that they could work online. I have now had the joy of practicing my painting with watercolors over these couple months. I really love how this painting came out, so I wanted to include it this week. I love nature and I often incorporate nature and landscape scenes into my art.

The Dark Forest, 2020, watercolor and ink, 12×9 inches

Part 4

Teapot, 2018, ceramic, 11x12x4 inches

I made this teapot when I was a junior in college. I wanted to create an artwork that was expressive and unique but also functional. As I built up the clay, I learned a lot about myself as an artist and I had a chance to experiment with different ways to create textures in clay. One of my favorite parts of this teapot is the spout. The design on the spout was inspired by woodworking patterns I found on Pinterest. I feel that this piece accurately represents me as an artist. I deeply appreciate that with clay I can create art that has a functional use in life.

Large Vase, 2018, ceramic, 20x7x5 inches

This pot was made as a challenge to myself as I was learning how to throw clay on the wheel. I wanted to see if I could accomplish something that would challenge and push my skills. This is still by far the largest piece that I have made on the wheel.

Raku Vase, 2017, ceramic, 6x6x6 inches

I made this vase when I was first learning to throw on a wheel. This piece started off as an experiment with raku to learn more about the technique. I enjoy raku because it is a more traditional way to fire ceramic pieces. 

Find me on Instagram @ArtsArum or on the web at https://katelynr545.wixsite.com/mysite

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