WELCOME TO DUCK POTTERY

FRED VALLADE

 


"For me, artistic development is leaving the safety of familiar methods and discovering the elation of new techniques.  I try to be flexible in my approach, both with the clay and in vision, and to embrace the unpredictable".

 

 

"The need to create inspires me to spontaneously build in clay.  Some days, the clay is pounded. Some days the clay is calmly plied".  

Born and raised in Altoona, Pa.  Was drawn to the City of New York at the age of 19.  Spent the next 30 years in and around the New York area (Long Island and Connecticut).  In 1993 decided to relocate to the Outer Banks of NC in Duck with my ever inspiring wife.

 

Have worked in oils and acrylics as well as graphics.  Painted for several years, however, my discovery of a new meaning of art though graphics was a new found fulfillment to me of a desire to communicate one's personal convictions.  Spent 22 years creating etchings.

 

The move to the Outer Banks was a new beginning for us and with that I decided I needed a new direction in my art career and CLAY was chosen and a new adventure had begun. My daughter Karen who has a degree in ceramic arts was an influence.

 

I have exhibited extensively throughout the New England and Mid Atlantic area having won recognition and numerous awards.  My works are represented in numerous corporate and private collections thoughout the US, in Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Paris and England.