This week we would like to highlight one of our fabulous local potters - Danelle Hughes - of D H Norman Art. Danelle is a vibrant addition to our community and we are thrilled to have her art displayed and for sale at our Ridgway Farmers Market! Please continue reading to get a glimpse of the life of Danelle...
Danelle Hughes Norman grew up in Roanoke, Virginia. She lived for eight years in Eugene, Oregon, where she apprenticed under ceramic artist, Caroline Osborne-Sommer, before moving to Colorado’s Western Slope in 1999. Danelle earned her BFA in Art Education from Colorado Mesa University in 2008. After working out of Nita Lightsey's studio near Montrose and Ah Haa studio in Telluride, she is currently creating from her home and firing at Weehawken's ‘All Fired Up!’ studio here in Ridgway. She enjoys throwing daily vessels as much as creating concept art pieces along with enhancing the already enchanting trees of the forest. You can see many of her faces and signs on the trees in the Enchanted Forest in Telluride.
Danelle considers herself blessed to live in Ridgway, finding inspiration every day from our magnificent views to the mundane interactions of daily living. Indeed, she sees beauty in the ordinary, as it is a celebration of humanity. She believes the duty of the artist is to hold the mirror to society that we may reflect upon ourselves to learn and grow.
Her latest inspiration comes from her daily interactions with nature, including the local birds as they teach the young to hunt, like the azure mountain blue birds, or gather in the willows and perform a demanding chorus, like the red winged black birds. You can also find her latest series, "Fearless," at the Ridgway Public Library from September 13 through November 7.
Danelle believes that, by honoring the beauty around us in our daily vessels, we will be honoring the food that goes in them, and ourselves, saying, "It's not just about what goes into our food, but, also, what goes into what our food goes into."
Make sure to pay a visit Danelle's booth, full of beautiful pottery, at our next Ridgway Farmers Market! And visit the official D H Norman Art website: http://www.dhnormanart.com