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Dawn Renee received her B.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994, and has been working almost exclusively as a raku ceramic sculptor for over 25 years. Her grandfather was a carpenter and his passion was repairing antique clocks. Much of Dawn’s childhood was spent by his side watching him work on the clocks in his large basement workshop. She was amazed at how many of little pieces fit so intricately together to create the simple movement of the hands and pendulum, all the while the space was filled with the rhythmic sounds of dozens of these clocks pendulums lobbing back and forth in synch with the ticking of the hands on each face. These vivid memories are intertwined in her work.
Dawn’s raku ceramic sculpture is created from many pieces and each has a relationship to the other in order to complete the whole. Raku can be broken down into it’s own components; the elements, earth, fire, water, and air and each are considered for their function, like the parts of the clock, they must work to-gether. In working with bare surface techniques combined with raku, Dawn achieves an atmospheric quality, which is a balance of the reflection and absorption of light.
Dawn Renee currently resides in Tucson, Arizona. When she is not working in her studio, she teaches art to a new generation of artists at the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind.