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Artist Statement

I am interested in the contrast between the modern and the ancient, the organic and the synthetic, and the psychological and physical challenge to translate ideas into clay. I hope to communicate that which surrounds me, both physically and mystically--from earth, gardens, and man-made forms to archetypal symbols and theories.

For years I have been interested in psychoanalyst Carl Jung's notion of the "Shadow." He describes the shadow as the place between the conscience and subconscious, or good and evil. Jung also believed that for humans "the shadow is the seat of creativity." The abstract figures in my work are represented as shadows. They are at times the sculptural form itself, and at other times the portal where the figure has been transformed within a mandorla (Italian for almond). The mandorla form refers to a shape used in religious art as the large oval behind the represen-tation of a single sacred figure. It is the shape created by overlapping two circles, and is seen in spiritual terms as the overlap between heaven and earth, or dark and light. It is the space that contains the conflict of opposites.


Glenda Guion received her B.F.A. in clay from Middle Tennessee State University and her M.F.A. from Clemson University. Her teaching career includes USC Upstate, Clemson, The Webb School, The Greenville County Art Museum and Converse College. Primarily, she taught clay at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC for twenty-five years and served as the Art Department Chair for thirteen years.

Along with fifteen solo exhibitions, Glenda's artwork has been exhibited in over 150 regional and national exhibits. Her work has received thirteen first place juried exhibition awards.

Two reproductions of Glenda's clay sculpture are included in the book Handbuilt Ceramics by Kathy Triplett, and three works are published in 500 Teapots, (Lark Books.) She also wrote and published an article titled “Making an Ocean of Clay” for Pottery Making Illustrated Magazine, a publication of The American Ceramic Society (July/August 2004 issue). 

Her clay sculptures are included in public collections such as the South Carolina State Art Collection, the Pickens County Museum, Columbia College, Clemson University, Sumter County Museum of Art, and Middle Tennessee State University.