For ceramic artist Kristi Sloniger, each day in the studio is an exploration as she delves into the techniques of mocha diffusion. The terms "mocha diffusion" and "mocha-ware" originated because of the resemblance of the finished work to the Arabian quartz, mocha stone.
Sloniger uses slips and colorants on her hand-built tiles while the clay is still wet in order to create organic one- of-a-kind works. All of these designs are absorbed into the clay and are then fired to vitrification in her gas kiln. There are no glazes used in her work.
Sloniger has been working in clay for over 20 years. As a self-taught potter, she has learned her craft through diligent study, many hours in the studio, and the invaluable help of several talented studio potters willing to share their expertise.
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- Exhibitions & Awards
American Craft Council Show, MD, Baltimore, 2004-06, 2011
Buyer's Market of American Craft, PA, Philadelphia, 2002-06
American Craft Council Show, St. Paul, RiverCentre, 2013
Ceramics: Beyond Functionality, Decatur, IL, Anne Lloyd Gallery, 2013
Inspired By Architecture, Whittington, IL, So. Ill Art Gallery, 2013
Living with Clay, Chicago, IL, Illinois Artisans Shop, 2013
Tiles and Textiles Duo Show, Lincolnwood, IL, Lincolnwood Village Hall, 2014
The Notion of Motion, Chicago, IL, Jackson Junge Gallery, 2015
Bridgeport 5th Annual Art Competition, Chicago, IL, Bridgeport Art Center, 2017