Meet the Artist: Melinda Crider

Melinda Crider of Waleska, Georgia is one of 14 artists selected to exhibit in the 2014 Alabama and Neighbors Ceramics Exhibition and Sale, on view through Nov. 2.  

In addition to the exhibition of a single work from each artist, all finalists will participate in a weekend-long sale, Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, in the newly renovated Susan Phillips Gardens. The Friday evening sale is a ticketed event, where guests may browse and shop before the general public.

This program has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artist Statement

My work is predominately figurative in nature, expressing a celebration of life’s mysterious intricacies that intrigue and fascinate me. I fire my work several times using underglazes, slips and stains, and sometimes beeswax. I consider the clay my canvas, and each step in the process is carefully considered as the work evolves. I find the activity of creating necessary because it allows me to liberate emotions and express myself. Perceptions of the self and the psyche also provide inspiration.

Melinda Crider
(Waleska, Georgia, b. 1951)
Charmer, 2013
Clay, beeswax, and graphite

Guests of the preview sale on Oct. 31 will have an opportunity to browse and shop the event exclusively and enter to win a $100 credit towards purchase. Light hors d’oeuvres and cocktail service by Ursula’s Catering and the Museum Cafe will also be a part of the evening’s activities. The public sale is from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 2. Regular museum admission is free courtesy of JCSM Business Partners.

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