JULY 23 – AUGUST 20, 2022

About Clay

Eleven local and regional ceramic artists will display their work during the 1+1=1 Gallery’s upcoming annual clay exhibit, About Clay. The exhibit advances the gallery’s 2022 art education theme, with several presentations set to draw back the curtain on the art and science behind topics like glazing, atmospheric firing, and sculpture. More details about upcoming presentations will be announced on social media and through Maureen’s Love Notes, so make sure you follow us on Instagram and have signed up for our newsletter!

Helena artist Susan Mattson will share the first presentation on the exhibit’s opening day, Saturday, July 23rd. Join us for Mattson’s demo, and for casual conversations with our clay artists on August 6th and August 13th, also at 2pm each of those Saturdays. August 6th we will host Bruce Kitts and Carla Potter speaking about their current work. Bruce will focus on wood firing and the anagama kiln process. Carla will talk about her “bad Catholic girl” series and answer questions about her porcelain work, including the baranacles she is known for. August 13th the gallery is delighted to host Eliza (Ellie) Weber from Great Falls, talking about her current work and new directions. 

Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10am to 6pm. Saturdays, we open at 10am and close at 4pm. During our open house Saturdays, artist talks are always scheduled to begin at 2pm. Light snacks, creative mimosas and other beverages will be served at our Open Houses as well.

Participating artists include Whidbey Island’s Karen Abel and Sandi Bransford of Seattle; Los Angeles’ Paul Guillemette, and Minneapolis’ Molly Rivera. Local artists include Susan Mattson, Carla Potter, Cheri Thornton, and Connie Bergum, with Bruce Kitts (Missoula), Trudy Skari (Polson) and Ellie Weber (Great Falls) rounding out the Montana roster.

Read artist statements and learn more about each of the participating artists by visiting their profile pages below. Each page contains the individual artist’s catalog of work, or browse all art included in the exhibit by scrolling down this page. To see available work by the artists, click on the “Available” button at the top of the online catalog on each of their pages. Thank you for your interest!

Meet our artists!

Karen Abel

Langley, Washington


Connie Bergum

Helena, Montana


Sandi Bransford

Seattle, Washington


Paul Guillemette

Los Angeles, California


Bruce Kitts

Missoula, Montana


Susan Mattson

Helena, Montana


Carla Potter

Helena, Montana


Molly Rivera

Hutchinson, Minnesota


Trudy Skari

Polson, Montana


Cheri Thornton

Helena, Montana


Eliza Weber

Great Falls, Montana