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alice r. ballard pods

Alice R. Ballard’s ceramic pods are just the soothing influence I need this morning. Like so many of us, the South Carolina native draws inspiration from perhaps the greatest muse of all: Mother Nature. Ballard describes her artistic process as a “Zen-like connection not unlike a meditation”. Yes, this.



Alice R. Ballard, Ceramic Pods, 2008-2009



To be more specific, it is often the metamorphosis of Nature’s forms, as they change from season to season, that attracts me. I am endlessly drawn to that universal world in which differing life forms share similar qualities. Tulip bulbs and the human form for example share many of the same sensual qualities.


A Selection of  2009 Pods,  each 12″ high x 10″ wide


Wall Installation, Pods

To see a range of work from Alice (Small Work, Totems and White Work are also spectacular), click on her Gallery  Showcase link and then the Alice Ballard Studio Gallery link.  A bit confusing, but well worth the treasures that are hiding there!

Alice Ballard’s website

Hope you have a serene, contemplative day.

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8 Responses to alice r. ballard pods

  1. Ms. Ballard is currently one of my ceramics instructors, and she is completely amazing. If you ever get the chance to come out and meet her or see her work in person, please do. It will definitely be worth your time.

  2. So delighted to see Alice’s work here! Leslie Blackford and I spent some time with Alice a few years back in Louisville. She is a wonderful, generous artist…and really funny!

  3. Beautiful work — I love the simplicity of the pods along with the endless variation! And subtle colors! In an appropriate scale they would make beautiful pendants or beads — and I wish I’d thought of it first!

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