Georgia and Hal Gibson Signature
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I was born and raised in South Dakota and graduated from S. Dakota State University with a degree in Fashion Retail. I did my internship in Dallas and never left. After a few years in retail, I realized I chose the wrong career and found a new career, and my husband, at a corporation in Dallas. . I later received my MBA with an accounting emphasis from Amber University. I left the company after 25 years in December of 2006.
While working in Corporate America , I pursued a passion I had from a high school art class of throwing clay on a wheel. I started taking night classes at a local community college in 1990 and continued until I moved to our home on Lake Cypress Springs in 2006.
I now work in both fused glass and clay. My love of color drew me to glass. There are so many beautiful colors available in glass. The materials and processes of clay and glass are similar and complimentary. In both mediums, I like making objects people will want to live with and use that will also add pleasure to their own surroundings. I love exploring textures and patterns in both clay and glass. In glass, this is accomplished through layering opaque, transparent and dichroic glass and using both full and tack fusing to obtain different levels of glass melt. In clay, this is done through texturing and carving in the clay, glazes and slips.
I was born and raised in Dallas Texas. I received my degree in business at SMU. While working in Corporate America I met my wife and pottery partner Georgia. When Georgia and her class at a local community college began doing Raku firings, I volunteered to help. I thought it was fun, but I thought I had no creativity. Just for fun I took the pottery class with her to see what clay was really about. That that was in 1998 and I continued classes at Eastfield College until retiring to Lake Cypress Springs in 2007.
My work is mainly thrown on a potters wheel. I have been very fortunate to take classes from nationally and locally known potters who were always willing to share their techniques. Rather than doing production pottery, I would rather change up each piece and make it unique in either construction or glazes. My method of glazing is spraying which gives me the ability to make unique color combinations and transitions. I try to achieve a rich and varied surface with the multiple layers of glaze. I get inspiration from studying other potter’s work and putting my own construction twist and glaze on each piece.