This month’s featured artist is ceramic artist, Cecy Holcomb. After raising a family, she attended Texas State University, earning her B.F.A. in Studio Art with a specialization in Ceramics in 2006. Cecy and her husband Travis proceeded to build a ceramic studio on their property in San Marcos and opened their business, Holcombville Pottery, the following year.
Cecy says, “I mainly make functional items such as cups, bowls, and pitchers; I enjoy knowing that my pottery is used not only for special occasions but on a daily basis.” She adds, “Beauty has value, too, so I also make a variety of decorative items that can complement any room in your home or office. My goal is to provide you with a quality product that you will enjoy using in your everyday life.”
When asked about the techniques and materials she most commonly uses, she explains, “I’m particularly inspired by traditional and organic forms. Most of my work is wheel-thrown, then altered, slip-decorated and fired in an oxidation atmosphere. We utilize both porcelain and stoneware clay bodies and make our own glazes.”
Cecy’s current body of work is called Aguas Frescas. “If you are not familiar with the term, these are the colorful fruit infused drinks sold during many festivals. Vendors sell them in conical paper cups, forcing the user to focus on finishing it before the cup collapsed or tore. These drinks bring back memories of my youth in El Paso; my mother would make large pitchers of agua de limόn, agua de sandía, or agua de melόn. These drinks were what we had during our shopping excursions to and from Mexico.”
She continues, “I wanted to capture the essence of having a refreshing drink in a personal setting. Instead of a drink at a festival, it would be on a porch and poured from a handmade ceramic pitcher into a handmade ceramic cup, not from a mass-produced jug poured in a Styrofoam cup. These beverages should be savored and enjoyed. My hope is that the Agua Frescas series brings back nostalgia for some, while for others, it’s an introduction to a wonderful experience of enjoying cool refreshing drinks in handmade cups.”
“I believe it’s important to be a part of the larger arts community. I’m an active member of many organizations including the Greater Austin Clay Artists, the Texas Clay Artists Association, and the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. I’m also a proud member of the San Marcos Art League and currently serve as Treasurer.”
Cecy Holcomb says that even though she has been running Holcombville Pottery for over a decade, it still is fresh and new. She concludes by saying, “The greatest advantage about starting out is the fun we're having trying different techniques while our work continues to evolve. In the meantime, we look forward to spinning our wheels, both physically and mentally.”
View Cecy Holcomb’s pottery at www.holcombvillepottery.net and be sure to visit the Holcombville Pottery booth at the Art Squared Art Market.