Nancy Newlove McElroy
My sculptural work in Earthenware clay continues to build in size, flourish with color and spark interest when examined from every angle. I react to textures in nature, cloud formations, movement of water and responses to wind and light. Clay slabs are draped, bent, stretched and broken, then assembled to design a labyrinth of shapes that are left raw or brushed with a range of color. Some structures become utilitarian when I form a lid, creating an abstract box.
Understanding the reaction of my glazes to the heat of the kiln is another important aspect of my art. Glazes flow, craze and crackle to produce unusual surfaces and hues. My appreciation of nature’s own beauty is reflected by embellishing pieces with authentic gems and minerals such as amethyst, citrine or pyrite.
Clay is blended earth that allows me to create freely and share my artistic self. When tracking my journey, the graph creates a visual mountain range that inspires me to continue the climb.
I have never given up on my passion for clay and creating as I continue to move the mud.”
Associate in Arts: Green Mountain College
Bachelor of Fine Arts: Alfred University; College of Ceramic Art and Design
Nancy was employed at Bennington Pottery in management after graduating. She moved on to teaching in various educational programs, both public and private in the New York area. While raising her two children, she established a studio and worked on commissions for the College of New Rochelle and private clients while working in the retail trade for more than ten years. In 2013 Nancy and her husband retired and moved to Ormond Beach where she has pursued sculpture and continued work on the potter's wheel.
It is an honor for Nancy to be a member of Beaux Arts of Central Florida; Art League of Daytona Beach and Florida Women's Art Association.
June 2015: Show- "It's A Wrap" Award: Third Place of Show for "The Master"
February 2017: Show- "Anything Goes" Award: Second Place of Show for "Pinecone Urn"
May 2017: Show-"Degrees of Abstraction" Award: Third Place for "Canyon Sunrise"
October 2017: Show- "Member Showcase" Award: Third Place for "Agate Canyon Box"
January 2018: Show- "Member Showcase" Award: Distinction for "Agate Mountain"
May 2018: Show- "Black, White with a Splash of Color" Award: Judges Choice for "Spelunking"
October 2018: Show- "Member Showcase" Award: Judges Choice for "Quake"
December 2018: Show- "Members Show" Award: Second Place for "Ebb and Flow"
January 2019: Show- "Member Showcase" Award: Distinction for "Core"
March 2019: Show- "All Creatures Great and Small" Award: Distinction for "Grateful for Our Softer Side"
July 2019: Show- "Figuratively Speaking" Award: Recognition for "Things We Carry"
December 2020: "Red" Juried show at Jane's Art Center in NSB exhibiting two sculptures.
January 2021: Show "Members Show" for Art League of Daytona Beach: Award: Recognition for "Vibrating Hues"
February-March 2021: CREATIVA: Woman Made Art at Osceola Arts. Juried in "Strength Within".
April 2021: Show- "Music Music Music" Art League of Daytona Beach Award: Achievement for "Chimes of the Canyon".
May 2021 : Show "Trouble In Paradise" Jane's Art Center: Juried in "Algae Bloom" .
July 2021: Chosen Artist of the Month for Ormond Beach Arts District.
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