Ash Street Project

Ash Street Project, the vision of artists Thomas Orr and Joanna Bloom, encompasses art studios, visiting artists, gallery space, community programs and a clay-based emerging artist mentorship program.  Our site also hosts an on-line gallery shop.

Joanna Bloom


STATEMENT  |  These sculptural vessels and candlesticks evolved from what I think of as gestural pots, or little sketches in clay. What began as quick little exercises to explore shape and form, evolved into pieces that I now find myself reworking almost obsessively.  The gesture remains, but in addition they gain a history from the reworking and layering of textures, pigments and colors. They are constantly evolving.

The imagery that influences these pieces runs the gamut from folk art to cake decorating, microscopic plant life, to the magical surfaces of Hunterwasser's architecture.  The abundance of natural forms found in the woods of the Pacific Northwest fuels my creativity.  Colorful and often minute in nature, this multilayered world provides a visual feast for those who take the time to look closely.  My hope is that this work provides some of the same.