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225
Crystal Jade Vase
 
700
Desert Dance
 
380
Modern Orient
 
550
Mountain Crystals
 
1050
Red Dream
 
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Sandstone Dance
 
750
Self Reflect
 
450
Spring Dream
 
400
White Depth
 
360
Winter Fruit
 
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Piera Kllanxhja Applied Art
Having spent the first four years of her life in Aspen, Colorado, when it was just another small mountain town, Western Colorado has continously drawn her back to her roots. As a young girl she was enthralled with the adventures in beauty, exploring the Rocky Mountains on foot and on horseback. Piera has worked with clay since childhood, along with drawing, it is the clearest way for her to express the particular joy she finds in Southwest nature. The line of the cave drawings and ancient Annasazi pottery evokes a chorus of melodic forms. Nature's dance, captured in Annasazi line, is expressed in Piera's pottery and painting.

Although Piera has spent time in France, Spain, England, Scotland and Italy, has a BA in Fine Arts, an AA in Comercial Art and was an Art Director in Denver. She began perfecting her pottery designs in Santa Fe, in the 1970's. She discovered crystalline glazing in Abiqui, New Mexico in 1991. Although the exploding atoms can be seen in the crystal glazes as modern, Piera sees them as truly reflecting the magic of clay and heat that has always invested Southwest pottery with its strength and mystery.

 
Education:
1991, B.A. in Fine Arts, Mesa State College1983, A.A. Colorado Institute of Art, Denver, CO1975, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY: graphic design, figure drawing, ceramic sculpture.1973-74, College of Santa Fe and Santa Fe School of Arts & Crafts: anthropology, pottery, life drawing, sculpture.1962, 1970, 1972, Travel in France, Spain and Italy
 
Awards:
1958 - 68 Scholarship at 'Dalton'.

1998, 99, 2001 Scholarship at 'Ghost Ranch' in Abiqui, New Mexico. Studied Crystalline glazed porcelain with Jim Kempes.
 
Group Exhibitions:
2006-2007. '13 PHOTOGRAPHY' Gallrey & Shop, 354 Main Street, Grand Junction, Colorado.

1994-2007, FRAME WORKS & GALLERY, 309 Main street, Grand Junction, Colorado.

2006, One of 16 artists represented in 'Southwest Art Magazine' showcasing Grand Junction as "An Emerging Art Town," September.

2006-2007, 'Robbers Roost'. Books and Beverages. Displaying Piera's Crystalline Glazed Porcelain Pottery. Torrey, Utah.

2006, 'Gateway Canyons Classic Auto Fest' May 13th, published in 'Potters Pages', www.potterscouncil.org

2006, Rocky Mountian PBS 'Western Bounty' Featured Piera in her studio, interviewed by Greg Mikolai. Sponsored by the 'Commision on Arts & Culture', for the month of April.

2006, 'Piera, Pots, Prints & and Paintings' at 'Cooley Designs' 111 North Sixth Steet, Grand Junction, CO.

2005, Colorado Wine Room-Crystaline Pottery, Fruita CO.

2003-2005, JABOA (just a bunch of artists) Alpine Bank, Grand Junction, CO.

2005, Gateway Canyons Outpost General Store, Gateway, CO.

2005, "The Great Escape", The Art Institute of Colorado Alumni Exhibit, Denver, CO.

2005, Colorado Gifts and Jewelry, llc, Fruita, CO.

2005, "All Rivers", Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, juried by Brandi Mathis, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts, curator

2005, "Bring in the New Year", JABOA (just a bunch of artists), 1st Presbyterian Church, Grand Junction, CO.

2005, Primary Cares Partners, Grand Junction, CO.

2004, "Angel Art", Mary Crest Franciscan Ministry, Denver CO.

2004, Black Canyon Art Exhibit, Hotchkiss,CO., Fine Arts Association Sculpture, 3rd Place.

2004, Colorado State Fair, Fine Arts Exposition, Pueblo, CO.

2004, "Lines Into Shapes", Art Center of Estes Park, CO.

2004, Plum Creek Winery, Tasting Room, Palisade, CO.

2001-, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Gift Shop.

2003-2004, Valley Grown Nursery Gift Shop, Grand Junction, CO.

2004, Western Colorado Botanical Gardens Gift Shop, Grand Junction CO.

2003, City Hall Art Exhibit, 5th and Road Ave. Grand Junction, CO. JABOA(just a bunch of artists)on community art wall.

2003, 43rd Alpine Artists Holiday, Ouray Community Center, Ouray, CO.

2003, The Zonta Club of Canon City, 4th Annual Artful Women Exhibit. Juried by Kirsten Hawthorne a New York City Artist and Colorado native.

2002, Five Rivers Exhibit, juried by Dianne Vanderlip of the Denver Art Museum, Gleenwood Springs Center for the Arts.

2002-2003 Cozy Knit & Purl, 317 Main Street, Palisade, CO. 81526

2002, ARTWORKS, 102 North Forth Street, Grand Junction, CO is pleased to announce a new artist Piera Kllanxhja with Ron Kempton & David Jackson.

2001, Contemporary Colorado 2001: form and content; juried by Elizabeth Schlosser. Art Center, Grand Junction, CO.

2000-2002 Pro Bono Project, Harvest of the Arts 2000, October 27-28, Grand Junction, CO

2000, Colorado Lawyers for the Arts Auction, Colorado History Museum, Denver CO

1999, Mesa State College Alumni Art Auction, Grand Junction, CO

1999-2000, Pride of the Valley: Fine Arts, Grand Junction, CO

1995-2002, JABOA Artists Studio Tour

1998, Manilac Clinic, Inc. 2333 North 6th Street, Grand Junction, CO

1998-2001, Art Expo, Two Rivers Plaza, Main Street, Grand Junction, CO

1998-2004, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Member
Show

1997-2004, Live Out Loud Gallery and Sculpture Garden,
364 Redstone Blvd., Redstone, Colorado: monoprints, watercolors and crystalline porcelain pottery

1997-2003, JABOA (Just A Bunch of Artists) Art and Jazz Festival, Main Street, Grand Junction, Colorado: watercolor, conte, pottery.

1995-2002, JABOA (Just A Bunch of Artists) Mesa County Public Library District, Main Branch: watercolor, pottery, monopnnts.

1997-2004, Planet Earth and The Four Corners Gallery, Grand Junction, Colorado: pottery and prints.

1996, A Focus on the Arts (JABOA) Premier Art Center Show, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, 1803 N. 7th St., Grand Junction, CO

1996, JABOA June Art Show, Freya Hites Gallery, 454 Main St., Grand Junction, CO

1995, Colorado Institute of Art, Annual Alumni Show, Denver, CO

1994-1997, DIA STAR Gallery, 1578 Wazee St., Denver, CO

1994, 1994 Colorado Arts Convention, Montrose, juried.

1994, Mesa County Public Library District, Main Branch: watercolors, monoprints, and pottery.

1993, Solo Exhibit at Central Bank, Grand Junction

1992, Palisade Art Lovers Show (PALS): Third Place, Graphics, Monoprint, Juried

1992, Member Show, Western Colorado Center for the Arts

1991, D'Art de L'AvanIe: Mesa State College Senior Show, Fallis Galleries.

1990, Mesa County Public Library: Solo Exhibit, minipots

1990, Mesa State College Student Shows, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Juried.
 
Artist's Statement:
Creative expression engages the eye in nature's continuous dance of light and line. Having been a production potter and an art director, I am now on my third stage of artistic exploration, working on monotypes and multi-media paintings of horses and trees in Western Slope landscapes, and in crystalline porcelian pottery.Western Colorado's landscape of desert and mountains has a capturing song of pure line in motion. As the land around us moves through the seasons, my work gives expression to it, sharing that natural dance. I discover my sense of centered self in working with line and clay. To bring that joy and strength of understanding to others is my goal in my art and in my teaching.
 
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