Dawne J. Fowkes Cushing is a studio potter who is an adherent to the traditions of making her own clay and glazes. Using high fire porcelain and white stoneware clays, the work focuses on the users’ sensual connection between a handmade object and the utilitarian aspect of everyday use. Surface textures are derived from intentional “mark making”, with handmade tools created for this purpose. Images, textures and patterns are inspired by elements of science, nature, and the man-made world.
She earned a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Post grad, she spent a year in Finland as a Fulbright Fellow studying Industrial Design at TAIK/UIAH (Aalto University School of Art and Design). Concurrently she was also engaged as an Artist-in-Residence at Hackman/Arabia OY AB. In addition to clay, her artistic spirit lends itself to the creation of wearable art forms using fiber, metal, glass, stone and clay.
Dawne was born in Hawaii and grew up in So Cal before relocating to Ventura in 1980.