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Creative Pagosa: Anne Campbell

Photo courtesy Anne Campbell Anne Campbell is one of Pagosa’s MAKERS. Campbell, listed on the Pagosa Arts and Culture Project web directory, is a ceramic artist whose main focus is the creation of functional pieces out of stoneware. She is also a mixed media jewelry artist working in copper, brass, silver, rock, polymer clay, gemstones and glass fusion.

Photo courtesy Anne Campbell
Anne Campbell is one of Pagosa’s MAKERS. Campbell, listed on the Pagosa Arts and Culture Project web directory, is a ceramic artist whose main focus is the creation of functional pieces out of stoneware. She is also a mixed media jewelry artist working in copper, brass, silver, rock, polymer clay, gemstones and glass fusion.

The Pagosa Arts & Culture Project is building a web-based directory of all the creative people and businesses in the community. By creating this website, it will make these MAKERS easier to find in online search engines and help share the wealth of innovative and talented individuals that call our small town home.

This sort of database is called “cultural mapping” and is being done by communities around the country in order to realize and recognize the value of their creative assets.

The Pagosa Arts & Culture Project is establishing the groundwork for continued collaboration and cooperation and promotional efforts of the combined community. The goal of the project is to establish a solid foundation of cultural and creative individuals and businesses, to create a viable plan for promoting these assets and to promote the Pagosa area as a worthy place of residence for creative people, a productive place for creative business ventures and a desirable destination for arts tourism.

The PACP is also planning an event for fall 2013. The event, the MAKERS Expo and Tour, is set for Oct. 12-13.

To register and be listed in the database, go to http://pagosaacp.org/Register.html.

In order to highlight the MAKERS in Pagosa, the PACP will profile its members, giving readers of The PREVIEW a sense of the depth and breadth of the creative community.

This week’s MAKER is Anne Campbell.

Q: Tell us a little about who you are, where you were born, educated, your family, growing up and how you came to be doing your creative work?

AC: Living my entire life in the Southwest, I have always been intrigued by nature and all the wonderful, varying colors and textures that abide within the landscapes, sunsets, flora and wildlife. These textures are the inspirations that influence my art.

My father was in the service, so we moved wherever the government sent us. I was born in Roswell, N.M., but spent the most of my youth in Amarillo, Texas. My mother was very artistic and so is my older sister, thus the love of art comes to me from them. Upon graduation from high school I moved to Norman, Okla., to attend the University of Oklahoma. I married my high school sweetheart, King Campbell, who is a general dentist right here in Pagosa. We have one son who lives in Phoenix, Ariz.

Having not felt satisfied in the field of business I realized that I had to do something that allowed the artistic, creative ME to come alive. My first expression of ME was through ceramics. I soon realized that I loved ceramics but ceramics had merely opened an “Artistic” Pandora’s Box.

From ceramics I expanded my quest to find ME. This was not an easy task, as I soon became aware that my ME had a soul that was itself a conundrum of multiple mediums. Through studying with many artists in various mediums I have resolved that ceramics, jewelry and glass fusion are the pieces of the conundrum that feed my soul and have allowed the creative ME to come alive. Having the freedom and ability to express my inner self by utilizing these various mediums gives me great joy and satisfaction and, as well as, endless creative avenues.

I would like to acknowledge the following artists during my self-taught journey for sharing their creative minds and expertise, which has brought my art to new and exciting levels; Juan Quezada, Michael Wisner, Sarah Jaeger, Connie Christensen, Bonnie Seeman, Ronna Sarvas Weltman, Robert Dancik, Kim St. Jean, Melissa Cable, Linda Larsen, and Pagosa’s own D. Michael Coffee.

So now my art is a work in progress…

Q: Describe the objects you make or the creative work you do.

AC: As a ceramic artist my main focus are functional pieces out of stoneware. I fire in oxidation to cone 5-6. I am also a mixed media jewelry artist working in copper, brass, silver, rock, polymer clay, gemstones and glass fusion. My mixed media jewelry is created with at least two different metals, which are tabbed together to create height and dimension. Adding texture to each piece enhances its beauty and natural state, as well as highlighting the focal point.

Q: What is your favorite tool or material used in making your work? Why?

AC: My favorite tool would have to be my hands because without them I would have a difficult time creating my art. Aside from that, I love texture tools for all my art; texture creates a whole new dimension.

Q: Do you have a regular routine or schedule?

AC: I am in my studio every day from mid-morning until 5 or 6 in the evening. I like to throw about three days a week, then I move to jewelry. Ergonomically speaking, by mixing things up, I have a better chance of staying healthy.

Q: What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?

AC: The best advice given to me was from my husband. It was simple: Believe in yourself, because every artist had to start somewhere.

Q: When you’re not making art, what is your favorite thing to do in Pagosa country?

AC: I love to hike and snowshoe. However, being self-employed, I tend to work more and play less. I need to delegate my time a little better than I have been.

Q: What are your goals for the coming year?

AC: To complete a new website and begin selling on ETSY.

Q: What is your dream project?

AC: Good question! I think I accomplished this in 2005 when I opened the Northern Colorado Potters Guild in Fort Collins, Colo. Along with four other wonderful and talented friends, we initially funded, designed and constructed the studio and eventually received our 501(c)(3) non-profit status. Today, the guild is 45 members strong and dedicated to promote the ceramic arts and support local charities through art donation in the Fort Collins community.

For my distant future, my dream project would be learning how to sculpt. Just another form of art to add to my fusion of multiple mediums. So much art, so little time!

This story was posted on July 3, 2013.