Biography

K Robertson-drying pots on a sunny day outside studio

My mother, Evelyn Ruth Zelson, was a “maker”. She passed her interest in that way of life to me. Passionate about creating intricate and unique art quilts, wall hangings, clothing, and furniture, she gifted her family and friends with her work and enthusiasm. I remember that to talk with her, over the usual cup of coffee, she always had paper and pencil, tools for sharing ideas about how something might be made.

For me, clay is a perfect material.  Pieces are handbuilt, wheel thrown, or a combination of both, depending upon my goals for the final form. My inspiration comes from the movement and life force of water, so much a part of our existence in Northern New York and around the planet. I am continuously curious about the paradox of the material, which is both plastic and permanent, depending on the stage.

Whether I am making a cup, bowl, or platter, all are made with attention and intention, to engage the viewer from every perspective. Sculptures to be used.

In the Spring of 2014 I studied for two months with David Eichelberger at the Penland Craft School, in North Carolina. Since then I have added a small building to my property, to serve as a “Fairweather Gallery”. Stop by my home studio/gallery on Fridays & Saturdays, 11a-6p, May-October, or by appointment, at 28279 Route 126, Rutland Center, NY, 13612.

In May 2016, I began an exciting new collaboration with 10 other artists to open a gallery called Fibonacci 321. We are located in the quaint, arts and ecology minded river village of Clayton, NY. Open from May through December, we offer events, demos, work for purchase. My work is also available, beginning on April 1, 2017, at Arts on the Square, 52 Public Square, Watertown, NY.

As a former public school art educator, I am an advocate for learning and promoting creative possibilities. I have contributed to my local scene, via arts development. In 2009, I helped to resurrect the local arts council, Watertown, NY, and served as President. I was a member of the board of BetterFarm/BetterArts in Redwood, NY. based on the Better Theory–“a belief that every experience has the potential to bring with it exponential personal growth”. In May 2016, I collaborated with Graphic Designer, Kathy Sturr, under the umbrella of the North Country Arts Council, to open the NNY Art Trail covering Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties. By the end of the year we distributed 15K brochures offering information on year-round access to over 50 artists and galleries in our region.

Contact me with any questions, comments, or interesting ideas, at kari.zelson.robertson@gmail.com and check out my facebook page for updates!

Thanks for checking out my website!

Kari