Who: Annie Dyer is a Bend potter, and a member of the Clay Guild of the Cascades, which will hold its annual Wildfire Pottery Showcase from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at West Side Village School, 1101 NW 12th St., in Bend. The 25-member show will feature scores of decorative and functional ceramic pieces. Dyer, also a founding member of Red Chair Gallery in Bend, told GO! she’ll have “at least 100” functional pieces in the show, adding, “I’ve been busy.”
Q: How did you get your start as an artist?
A: I have a degree in environmental design and was setting out to be an architect, and worked in an architect firm for a short time. I ended up going to Japan to teach English as a second language. I wanted to do some cultural things, so I took some classes, one of which was in clay — just a weekend sort of thing. I went to an exhibit, where I met my teacher, who had been in the states in the ’60s. She invited me to apprentice. I was there for two years and learned clay that way. I had never, never done anything in clay before. When I came back to the states, I didn’t have a place to be exactly, and somebody said you should check out Oregon. I ended up here in Bend. … The Gwinups (Michael and Michele Gwinup) of Blue Spruce Pottery were in the Guild, and I ended up there and got a lot of information on materials and things from them.
Q: How do you describe your work to people?
A: I do a lot of textural work; I try to make clay look like wood burl, things like that. I spend a lot of time out in the woods and biking and that sort of thing. I’m very attracted to nature, and so I’ve been doing this technique where glazed and unglazed surface juxtapose and sort of give you the natural thing in a little bit more elegant way.
Q: What will people find at the Wildfire Pottery Showcase?
A: There will be some demos; some of the artists will demonstrate their different techniques, and there will be a kids’ clay area, so the kids can get some hands-on time. We’ll have raffles each day for some of the artists’ work, and of course the gallery hosts fabulous pottery.
Q: What are some benefits to being a member of the Guild?
A: There are workshops, and (we’ll) bring in people from other areas that maybe are doing some technique that folks might be interested in, and that people around here aren’t so familiar with.