About the Artist……………………….
As an artist, Tina Folks has been working with clay for over 25 years. She holds a BA from Marymount College in Tarrytown and a BFA in Ceramics from Parsons School of Design in New York City. In between her formal education, Tina apprenticed with ceramic designer, Maishe Dickman in New Haven, CT for 12 months. When she returned to school in 1986, she started out making slip cast functional pieces for the table and upon graduation opened her own studio called Table of Contents in 1991. Eight years later, Tina changed her direction and began making tile & mosaics and took on commissioned projects.
In addition to residential work, Tina has been a consultant and co-coordinator on community art projects. The Community Wall Mosaic in 2000 installed at the East End Arts Council in Riverhead Long Island, and the 9-11 Memorial Mosaic in 2002, which surrounds the flagpole base in front of the Westhampton Beach Middle School. Both projects involved students & adults from different backgrounds and disciplines.
Since 2009 however, Tina’s clay work has taken an unexpected turn as a result of a profound spiritual experience brought on by recent studies in Shamanism; the healing practices of indigenous peoples. Her animal totems or therianthropes are the results of some of her reflections of these experiences. Past travels to West Africa while working with local villagers in their pottery traditions have also greatly influenced her use of color, imagery and surface treatment. In order to achieve an earthy “dug-up” surface to her work for example, Tina has explored different firing methods such as mid-range oxidation, high-temperature wood/salt reduction firing and raku.This continues to be an exciting direction for the artist!
Tina currently shares a home studio with her artist husband Bryan Gutman in Patchogue, Long Island. Together, the couple also owns Fee-Fi-Faux, Inc. a wall paper & faux-finishing business serving clients the Hamptons area. Tina has also served on the Board of Directors for The East End Arts in Riverhead for 6 years, a not-for-profit organization.
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