The Arts Alliance is pleased to announce the recipient of the second annual Jim Rolston Memorial Professional Development Grant, ceramic artist Wendy Durand, who will be honored during the Artful Wine Pairings Benefit Dinner on October 16.
Wendy states, “I am thrilled to be awarded the Jim Rolston Professional Development Grant. I am looking forward to expanding the scope of my work by learning some new techniques from a nationally-known potter. Thank you to the St Petersburg Arts Alliance and the Rolston family for making this wonderful opportunity available.”
Wendy has been a professional full-time potter for 12 years. Ten years ago she discovered slab construction, which has allowed her the most creativity and gave a voice to her work. Now she’s ready to further develop her technique by studying with an experienced hand-building instructor.
Wendy Durand’s beautifully hand-crafted ceramics have organic curves, elegant angles and are finished in rich glazes. She has twice been named a NICHE Award Finalist and is featured in many personal collections around the country – including Jane Seymour (artist and actor), Lisa Unger (NY Times best-selling author), Yann Weymouth (internationally-known architect) and Helen Wallace (St Petersburg’s Poet Laureate).
You can find out more about Wendy Durand’s work at durandpottery.com.
Join us as we celebrate the arts in St. Pete – and St. Pete artists! – at the Artful Wine Pairings Benefit Dinner on October 16. Ticket information and sponsorship opportunities can be found here.