Artist Gina Skillings has a unique approach to pottery, and this is evidenced in her latest work to appear on buyoutsidethebox.com, "Mixed Media Clay Purse." An early passion for textiles led her to pursue a Home Economics degree at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Years later, while living in Brazil, her interest in fine craft led her to clay and a new passion developed. After returning to the US she continued taking pottery classes and workshops, eventually returning to complete a BFA and develop her skills as a potter and artist.
Gina’s current body of work combines her passions for clay and textiles. Many of her clay forms are canvases onto which she adds textile studies, created by weaving and quilting together organic and man-made materials such as fabric, dried petals, seeds, shells and paper. Much of her clay work is glazed only on the inside, using oxide wash on the exterior to create an organic sensibility.
Gina’s passion for clay and fibers is matched by her love for animals and the environment. No animal leather is used in Gina’s work and recycled materials are often symbolically incorporated into her fiber studies. A portion of all her sales is donated to animal charities.--Ruth Mitchell
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