ceramic Mesa, AZ
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Swanstrom Studios
Genie Swanstrom

?Ode to a Grecian Urn,? Keats speaks of the timeless voice of a humble piece of pottery. Somehow through the pot, beauty speaks truth. Keats realizes that the contemplation of beauty is an ultimate source of truth. As a vehicle for truth, beauty is worth seeking, experiencing, and preserving.
Genie is inspired by nature, by its raw beauty, its power, creativity and poetic spirituality.? Some of her pieces express the power and movement of the elements, while others may reflect the serene simplicity of a stand of bamboo.? She is concerned with the balance of positive and negative space, creating an elegance of line, form and design.? The imagery on her work has a symbolic significance for her, a deep personal meaning, but in everything she aims for beauty. Her symbolism is frequently drawn from archetypes, literature, poetry, and even from dreams. Genie?s aspiration is to create beautiful objects that elicit a feeling of peace, serenity, and wonder. Sheer enjoyment should come from the use of ordinary objects lifted into the realm of art. Genie feels that art and beauty should surround one?s life. Her aim is that her work would draw people into an appreciation of beauty and nature. Perhaps to see things they never noticed before?to open their eyes to see.
Genie throws and/or hand-builds each piece of art by hand and often carves into the surface, creating a high relief of texture.?? She also loves to use slip to create movement on her pieces. The slip takes a deft hand to apply; it seems like it has a mind of it?s own, but that often makes for a wonderful serendipity in the piece. She spends a lot of time glazing her work, layering oxides, stains and multiple glazes to get a rich, luscious surface. Genie loves experimenting with new techniques and new glazes.? She is always searching for that perfect vessel of expression.? Art, for her, is a journey of discovery, the discovery of beauty and, yes, truth.??
Artist Resume

Selected Juried Exhibitions and Shows
Marvelous Mud I,II,III, The Night Gallery, Tempe, AZ 2012, 2013, 2014
Mesa Arts Festival, Mesa AZ, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
ASU Annual Studio Tour ? Ceramics Research Center, ASU Art Museum and Show, Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale, and Art One Gallery, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour, Sonoran Arts League, 2012, 2013, 2014
Atomica Ceramica - Chandler Center of the Arts, 2013
Ten by Ten Show ? Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, 2009, 2013, 2014
Sunday at Shemer - Shemer Art Museum, 2012
Sedona Arts Show and Festival, Sedona, AZ 2010, 2011
Arizona Clay Exhibition 2011, Chandler Center for the Arts
Audubon ?Gifts of Nature? Show, November 2011
Tea Time ? Tea Service show, ASU Art Museum, Ceramics Research Center, April 2009
NCECA CRC Art Tour Artists Exhibition, Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, April, 2009.
Arizona CLAY NCECA Exhibition, Phoenix, Arizona, April 2009
A Passion for Beauty ? Gateway Artist?s Guild Show, Gilbert AZ, Nov. 2008
An Affair with the Arts ? West Valley Art Museum, March 2008.
Carpe Argillum - All Arizona Clay, West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, Arizona, Jan. 2006

Adjunct Faculty, Ceramics Dept., Mesa Arts Center


B.A. Psychology ? North Central University, Mpls., MN, 1979. (Art coursework taken at Hamline University)
M.A. Cross-Cultural Studies ? Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Springfield, Missouri,1985.

Art Education

Hamline University ? Art, Design, and Drawing, 1976-1977
University of Minnesota ? Ceramics courses, 1981-1982
Fresno Community College, Fresno, CA ? Ceramics and Watercolor coursework, 1987-88
Mesa Arts Center ? Ceramics Courses under Farraday Newsome and Jeff Reich, 1994 - 2008
Mesa Community College ? Ceramics courses 2006-2007

Selected Workshops
Tom and Elaine Coleman, Phoenix Community College; Don Reitz, Mesa Community College; Sergei Isupov, Mesa Arts Center, 2009; Waxin Zhang, ASU, 2009; Steven Hill, Prescott AZ, 2010; Deborah Schwartzkopf, 2011, Tampa, Florida and Tempe, AZ and Takashi Nagasato, Mesa Arts Center, 2011
Tom Kerrigan, Mesa Arts Center, 2014

Galleries presently represented:
Practical Art Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
Mesa Arts Center Gallery, Mesa, AZ
Ceramic Research Center, ASU Art Museum, Tempe, AZ

Best in Show - Mesa Arts Festival, 2014
2nd place Mesa Arts Festival, 2010 and best in category of Ceramics, 2010, 2012, 2013
Emerging Artist - 2012 - Phoenix Home and Garden, Masters of the Southwest,
published in the March issue, 2012
Merit Award ? Shemer Art Museum ? All AZ clay show