When we first started out at Voilà Fine Art, we kept talking about renting “original art” to businesses and individuals in our community. As artists and women of the world, we knew for ourselves what that term meant--to us it was obvious! However, when it came to our partnerships with local artists, we realized that maybe it wasn’t obvious; we needed to more clearly articulate what we meant.
What does “original art” actually mean?
As we at Voilà see it, art is considered "original" if:
a.) a person makes it with their own skills, abilities, and tools, AND
b.) it was that person’s unique idea.
(If a person makes something themselves but it’s another person’s idea, that’s not original.)
This is a murky topic in the art world, and we don't claim to be experts! Some might say that no art is original! After all, we are all influenced by the world around us and the other art we see.
Long-winded semantics discussions aside, let me tell you why we think it’s so great to have original art in your life!
Can you think of other great reasons for having original art in your life? Please leave us a comment below!
Gail Frasier creates stunning yet approachable ceramic art in her Loveland studio. Gail kindly shared her thoughts about her artistic process with us.
"The beauty, complexity and details of nature lift my spirits and fill my heart. Just as clay comes from the earth, shapes and colors from the earth are my inspiration. From being sent outside to play as a child in Florida to mountain sports in Colorado, I love to stop and examine tree bark, sea shells, sea pods, cloud shapes and everything out there.
"With pictures and/or examples that I keep, I study the seed pod or tree bark and figure out how these can translate into clay, maybe a vessel or maybe a set of tiles. I can see right away which form to take. For vessels, using my hand-built kick-wheel, I usually start small to see how the concept is holding and to work out kinks. Then I can make the idea into a larger vessel or change the shape accordingly.
"From conception to finish takes at least two months as I need to repeat this process with each pot to fill my 12 cu, ft. kiln. The first firing gets out all water and provides a porous body to accept the glaze. Next I apply studio-made glazes, let dry and fire the gas kiln to 2300ᵒF, white hot. There are no do-overs here, just Christmas or a funeral. "
You can find Gail's art at https://www.voilafineartrental.com/store/c209/Gail_Frasier.html