Traditions 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.

In 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 1984.

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