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Ingrid Melief

Ingrid Melief

Ingrid Melief

Artist Bio:

I am a Dutch-born ceramic artist producing wheel-thrown pottery for use and display.   I trained on the wheel with Hardy Schlick in Chicago, Illinois, after studying ceramic sculpture in the Waldorf tradition in the Netherlands. Other influences in my work include study in anthropology and a two-year period of residence (1990-1992) with indigenous Aymara communities of the Bolivian highlands, where locally-made unglazed ceramic cooking pots were in daily use. Locally, I have been a member of a cooperative art gallery (Virtu, in Monticello, Illinois, 2002-2004) and an Urbana-based ceramic studio (Griggs Street Potters, Urbana, Illinois, 2000-2010). I also have experience as a ceramics instructor, with private students and as an artist-in-residence at Generations of Hope, a foster community in Rantoul, Illinois (2012-2014).

Artist Statement:

I strive to produce pottery that is functional and lightweight. Many of my pots rest on narrow bottoms and open to enclose wider spaces. My collections include a mix of glazed pieces alongside rougher pots, partly unglazed and sometimes altered. I currently work with stoneware and porcelain, oxidation fired to cone 6. My work is available through private sales, art fairs, holiday markets, and gallery displays.