JANN JOHNSON LARDIE, of Perry, has a strong passion inclusive of sculpture, portraiture and art history. After her retirement, Johnson Lardie, who had enjoyed a childhood in art, prior to marriage, family and a career, was able to once again return her creative focus on artwork. Many of the pieces now on display in the new exhibit at the Shiawassee Arts Center (SAC) are sculptural, with a unique eye for textural detail, intermingled with glazes, slips and other techniques related to the clay/ceramic medium. Her subject matter often has a light-hearted, almost whimsical feel – right down to the copper whiskers on a rabbit.
Johnson Lardie also has some of her monotype prints in the current show at SAC, which will run through Sunday, Nov. 4. A monotype produces one unique print in the printing process since, generally, most of the ink is removed in the first pressing. Along with ceramics and monotype prints, Johnson Lardie also works with pastels, mixed-media and jewelry-making.
(Independent Photo/Karen Mead-Elford)