RED WELDON SANDLIN

SPOUTED WISDOM OF THE CATERPILLAR IN WONDERLAND

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Red Weldon Sandlin started her career as a graphic designer, but discovered a love for clay during a short ceramics course she had taken for fun. She creates elaborate sculptures and teapots inspired by children’s literature, and always incorporates the image of a book into each piece. Sandlin spends ​endless time” in libraries researching imagery and patterns for her sculptures, from ancient Chinese textile design to books on exotic animal care.

Red Weldon Sandlin is known for elaborately painted, hand-built sculptures. Each of her sculptures rests on a plinth painted as a trompe l’oeil book.

The book titles reflect the sculpture above them. Often thematically based on classic children’s literature, each title is subtly changed to make a tongue in cheek play on the original. Each of her sculptural assemblages includes a teapot.

Weldon Sandlin is  primarily  self-taught clay artist. She started her career as a graphic designer and illustrator which is evident in her process which begins with sketches and detail motifs drawn on tissue in order to transfer the sketches onto ceramic surfaces.

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Red Weldon Sandlin

1958 Born Owensboro, Kentucky

 

EDUCATION

1978 AA Visual Communications, Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

1986 Figure Painting, Continuous Education Program, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia

1988 Hand-building, Abernathy Community Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1978-1989 Graphic Designer and Illustrator

1991-2012 Hand-building Instructor for adults and children, Abernathy Community Arts Education Center, Atlanta, Georgia

2008-2012 Retail Window Designer, Stylist and Prop Maker, Mooncake Clothing Boutique, Atlanta, Georgia

1986—Studio Artist, Decatur, Georgia

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Celestial Seasonings, Boulder, Colorado

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts

The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

Newark Museum of Art, Newark, New Jersey

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington D.C.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Dietz, Ulysses Grant. Great Pots: Contemporary Ceramics from Function to Fantasy. Madison, Wisconsin: Guild Publishing, 2003.

Glueck, Grace,  ”A Proliferation of Pots: from Exquisite to Goofy to Run of the Kiln.” New York Times, March 28, 2003.

Kagan, Dick, “High Tea,” Art and Antiques (May 2004).

Lawton, Jim. 500 Teapots–Volume 2. Asheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, 2013.

Triplett, Kathy. Handbuilt Ceramics. Asheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, 1997.