Artist – Bonnie Belt
A fascination with nature and trees has pervaded most of my 30-year career in art. I attended ceramics courses at college; later studied Chinese brush painting, from which I learned the subtleties of brushwork and the Chinese philosophy that influences my work.
The “wave” pieces are inspired by the Japanese master of woodcut prints, Hokusai, especially his Mt. Fuji wave print. The waves show not only the power of nature but also its graceful beauty.
I have just introduced a functional pottery line to showcase my brush painting. I am using hand-thrown pieces, bowls, covered jars, tea bowls, and mugs decorated with my brush paintings, using the traditional bamboo, plum blossom, chrysanthemum, and grass orchid of the four seasons.
I currently exhibit my work at galleries throughout the United States, and at fine art shows like the Sausalito Art Festival and the Scottsdale Celebration of Fine Arts. I have been featured on a television segment for HGTV, on the Carol Duvall show.
My work has just been published in 500 Pitchers, Lark Books, and has been published in numerous magazines, such as Clay Times, Southwest Arts Magazine, The Los Angeles Times , The Crafts Report, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Artists Magazine. Currently I am an exhibiting member of the Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California.