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Kelly Jean Ohl

"All of my ceramic pieces are made by hand. I carve the intricate designs on each piece, then individually burnish and sand them before firing. After the work cools from the first firing, each piece is washed, waxed, hand painted with oxides, and then fire a final time up to 2400 degrees." "

Ohl's work reminds people of things they have found on the floor of the forest, something they have touched in a tide pool or a single cell organism once viewed under a microscope. Her ceramic pieces aren't any of these things in particular. They are small abstract objects that reference many biological entities without being any one specifically.

Ohl uses many household utensils as well as handmade textiles in her ceramic work. This is the start for many of the intricate patterns. Each piece is then hand carved, burnished, washed, waxed, and sanded. After the building process is complete, each piece will then go through multiple kiln firings and will be hand painted with oxides.

Kelly Jean Ohl attended Minnesota State University, where she earned a BA in theater and art and an MA with an emphasis on ceramics. She also holds an MFA degree from the University of Michigan.

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Vintage Lace Memories
Ceramic Bowl

$ 54
$ 43.20
Interconnected Circles
Ceramic Platter

$ 116
$ 92.80
Bowl of Sensory Rattles
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 650
$ 520
Grandma's Attic Lace
Ceramic Bowl

$ 64
$ 51.20
Rhythmic Platter
Ceramic Bowl

$ 120
$ 96
Connections Bowl
Ceramic Bowl

$ 64
$ 51.20
Moving Waves
Ceramic Bowl

$ 58
$ 46.40
Joyful Patterns
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 450
$ 360
Small Sensory Bowl
Ceramic Bowl

$ 165
$ 132
Bowl and Rattles III
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 190
$ 152
Orbital Forms
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,950
$ 1,560
Textural Totem
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 850
$ 680
Joyful Rhythm
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,350
$ 1,080
43 Ceramic Specimen Installation
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 4,000
$ 3,200
12 Light Clay Specimens
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,200
$ 960
Oblong Polka Dot Bowl
Ceramic Bowl

$ 58
$ 46.40
Tribal Elements II
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 675
$ 540
Ceramic Ball Rattle
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 120
$ 96
Ceramic Bowl
Ceramic Bowl

$ 54
$ 43.20
Tribal Sticks
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 520
$ 416
Rattle-Filled Bowl
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 520
$ 416
Domestic Markings: Balance
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 450 - $ 2,000
$ 360 - $ 1,600
Textural Rattle Sculpture Trio
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 152 - $ 210
$ 121.60 - $ 168
Striped Bowl
Ceramic Bowl

$ 54
$ 43.20
Polka Dot Square Platter
Ceramic Platter

$ 108
$ 86.40
Large Domestic Markings II
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 2,750
$ 2,200
Ceramic Artifacts (Light)
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 525
$ 420
19-Piece Wall Installation
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 875
$ 700
5 Piece Vertical Wall Installation
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 160
$ 128
Black and White Ceramic Specimen
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 80
$ 64
Blossom Specimen
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 80
$ 64
Paisley Bowl
Ceramic Bowl

$ 54
$ 43.20
Coil Specimen
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 80
$ 64
37-Piece Domestic Markings
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,900
$ 1,520
Floral Carved Bowl
Ceramic Bowl

$ 66
$ 52.80
Oblong Bowl with Rattles
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 290
$ 232
Bowl with Pinecone Rattles
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 320
$ 256
Ceramic Artifacts II
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 675
$ 540
Domestic Markings 23
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,110
$ 888
Domestic Markings 47
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 2,310
$ 1,848
Large Domestic Markings
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 5,190
$ 4,152
13-Piece Ceramic Wall Installation
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 410
$ 328
9-Piece Installation
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 280
$ 224
Leaf Bowl
Ceramic Bowl

$ 56
$ 44.80
Flower Bowl
Ceramic Bowl

$ 66
$ 52.80
Wood Grain Bowl
Ceramic Bowl

$ 54
$ 43.20
Mosaic Bowl
Ceramic Bowl

$ 66
$ 52.80
Cobblestone Bowl
Ceramic Bowl

$ 54
$ 43.20
Five Wall Pieces - Dark
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 160
$ 128
Five Wall Pieces - Light
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 160
$ 128
Bowls and Rattles II
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 435
$ 348
Ceramic Rattles
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 140
$ 112
Bowl and Rattles
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 400
$ 320
Domestic Markings 41
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 2,010
$ 1,608
Ceramic Artifacts
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 525
$ 420
Domestic Markings 17
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 795
$ 636
Jumbo Ceramic Rattle
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 95
$ 76
Domestic Markings
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 500 - $ 2,000
$ 400 - $ 1,600
Collections
The Touchable Art Gallery, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 2010
AIG, Corporate Headquarters, Manhattan, New York, 2008
Kaiser Permanente, Medical Center, Huntington Beach, California, 2011
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2007
Kaiser Permanente, Medical Center, Mission Viejo, Callifornia, 2010