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Kelly Jean Ohl

"All of my ceramic pieces are made by hand. I carve the intricate designs on each piece, then individually burnish and sand them before firing. After the work cools from the first firing, each piece is washed, waxed, hand painted with oxides, and then fire a final time up to 2400 degrees. "

Ohl's work reminds people of things they have found on the floor of the forest, something they have touched in a tide pool or a single cell organism once viewed under a microscope. Her ceramic pieces aren't any of these things in particular. They are small abstract objects that reference many biological entities without being any one specifically.

Ohl uses many household utensils as well as handmade textiles in her ceramic work. This is the start for many of the intricate patterns. Each piece is then hand carved, burnished, washed, waxed, and sanded. After the building process is complete, each piece will then go through multiple kiln firings and will be hand painted with oxides.

Kelly Jean Ohl attended Minnesota State University, where she earned a BA in theater and art and an MA with an emphasis on ceramics. She also holds an MFA degree from the University of Michigan.

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Orbital Forms Variation
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,550
Joyful Patterns
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 480
Textural Totem
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 850
Orbital Forms
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 2,200
Joyful Rhythm
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,400
Rattle-Filled Bowl
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 540
Domestic Markings: Balance
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 476 - $ 2,240
Textural Rattle Sculpture Trio
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 168 - $ 220
Large Domestic Markings II
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 2,850
Ceramic Artifacts (Light)
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 560
19-Piece Wall Installation
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 925
Coil Specimen
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 90
37-Piece Domestic Markings
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,900
Ceramic Artifacts II
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 720
Domestic Markings 23
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,110
Domestic Markings 47
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 2,310
Large Domestic Markings
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 5,750
9-Piece Installation
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 294
Leaf Bowl
Ceramic Bowl

$ 56
Five Wall Pieces - Dark
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 164
Five Wall Pieces - Light
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 164
Ceramic Rattles
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 144
Bowl and Rattles
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 400
Domestic Markings 41
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 2,010
Ceramic Artifacts
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 560
Domestic Markings 17
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 810
Domestic Markings
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 500 - $ 2,000
Collections
The Touchable Art Gallery, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 2010
AIG, Corporate Headquarters, Manhattan, New York, 2008
Kaiser Permanente, Medical Center, Huntington Beach, California, 2011
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2007
Kaiser Permanente, Medical Center, Mission Viejo, Callifornia, 2010