Nancy Kubale, Ceramic and Mixed Media Artist

Nancy Kubale is ceramic and mixed media artist with studio in the foothills of Rutherford County, NC.

Nancy’s ceramic figures begin with hand building techniques in stoneware clay. The surface begins with terra sigillata, which she burnishes to a buffed shine. Slips, underglazes, stains, oxides, glazes, and underglaze pencils are then layered – firing each piece three to five times.

Imagery found in Nancy’s work is influenced by Catholic statuary, Greek and Roman sculpture, South American Santos, and Southern and indigenous folk art. Referencing her background in theater and dance costume; some of the larger pieces utilize “stages and backdrops” – to create an environment or context. Graffiti tags and text are added as elements that provide essence; the “I AM” – things that distinguish and define a life.

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    Clay, Ceramics, Mixed Media
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    Rutherfordton, NC

Nancy Kubale

Nancy Kubale is a full-time ceramic and mixed media artist living 50 miles southeast of Asheville in the foothills of Rutherford County, NC. She received her BFA in Mixed Media from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. In addition she studied clothing construction at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NY, ceramics at Penland School of Crafts and sculpture at Florence Academy of Art. While a student, she worked front of house at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, and later worked several years in New York, Massachusetts and North Carolina as a costumer in theater and dance. She lives with her husband, who manages performing arts centers, and her studio mate JOE, a big black lab.

Her current work explores our shared existence and our individual essence.

contemplating truth

In a body of work there is a common thread of expression and exploration that binds it together. My current work contemplates our shared existence and individual essence. It is an inquiry toward “truth” (trying to figure out what and how things really are). I am intrigued by what we think, do, and say, by who we are and how we live and the ideologies we embrace.

deeper truth

The body is the container that consciousness comes in, – and so I make the body. It parallels my pursuit of human meaning.  These are contemplative statements, ubiquitous and global thoughts, universal principles.  They are questions that are never answered in any final way; Why are we here? How do we live?  “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” *Mary Oliver

Here’s what I know so far:
people are important.
Love better.

Kubale exhibits regularly at high-end Craft Shows throughout the Eastern and Midwestern U.S., including SPECTRUM during Miami Art Week, the Philadelphia Museum Fine Craft Show, American Craft Exposition, CraftNEWYORK, the Washington & West Palm Beach Fine Craft Shows, The Milwaukee Art Museum Lakefront, as well as many American Craft Council shows. She participates in numerous group and solo gallery exhibitions throughout the U.S. and is represented by Blue Spiral 1 in Asheville and Bennett Gallery in Knoxville. She is a 2008 and 2011 North Carolina Regional Artist Grant recipient.