and conventions reveal symbolic forms and metaphors
in our daily lives. A once functional vessel becomes
emblematic of cultural traditions and values. The visual
statement becomes its function as it emphasizes the
symbolic importance of its form. This common evolution
of form; can focus our attention on the magnitude of
the common place. The functional object is my means
of expression and a definition of form. The manipulation
of these elements creates a visual dialog that seeks
a resolution through combinations of form and content.
Symbolic shapes manipulated through interactions of
form, color and texture employ function as a means of
creating modern ritual.
1980 Nancy Slagle received a BFA from Drake University
in Des Moines, Iowa studying jewelry design and metals.
Ms. Slagle received her MFA in 1987 from Indiana University.
The Art Institute of Chicago purchased her "Singie
Serving Tea Pot' in 1988 for their permanent collection.
Also in 1988, she received a National Endowment For
The Arts grant. In 2003 a tea server was purchased by
the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery
for their collection. She exhibits nationally and her
work has been included in many publications including
The International Design Yearbook, American Craff and
The New York Times. She teaches at Texas Tech University
in Lubbock, Texas and has exhibited nationally since
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