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Debra Fritts

Debra Fritts

As a child Debra had dirt under her fingernails and now continues to allow the earth to feed her information for her art and daily living.  She works intuitively from pounds of wet clay.  Forms appear and stories develop.  She is often questioning an occurence or celebrating a relationship or just being present in daily life.  The search continues until she reaches the core:  the spiritual level of the sculpture.  Then the work can speak.  At the present, she is exploring new territory in the west, while embracing her southern heritage.  "I am touching ground, getting to the basics, and listening."

Debra hand builds each sculpture, primarily using thick coils and fires them three to five times depending on the color and surface she is trying to achieve.  She approaches color on clay just as a painter would.  Her palette is a combination of oxides, slips, underglazes and glazes.

Debra is a nationally known artist and lives and works in New Mexico.