Alexis Moyers: Guest Artist
Joyful and Imaginative Ceramics
The ceramic Whimsy of Alexis Moyer:
Whimsy, humor, color, function and fun – a few words that only begin to describe the ceramic art of Alexis Moyer.
Like many artists, Moyer’s journey to her studio and gallery located just west of Philo, CA was a circuitous route. She was majoring in architecture at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo when she became exposed to ceramics. “ My heart shifted and I ended up getting a ceramics degree at California College of the Arts” she explains. Moyer studied there with Viola Frey and Art Nelson. “They were both great teach- ers for me, Viola worked big, bold, loose and colorful while Art was much more controlled and really pushed the clay to its limits. I can see both of them somewhere in the background of what I do today.”
Following college, Moyer visited Crete to study Minoan art history and ceramics. “I was very fortunate to have that experience. All these years later, I see how much my love of color came from that formative time.” Her signature blue glazes are clearly inspired from her time in Greece.
Born in Castro Valley, CA, Moyer grew up with a backyard that had room to build things and play in ways that were fun and creative. She made perfume from flowers, mud pies decorated with the abundance of what nature
provided and forts from construction scraps scavenged from projects around the neighbor- hood. “My neighbor and I built what ever we could dream up in my back yard,” Moyer recalls which eventually led her to take on the building of her own art studio in Pescadero, CA. She remembers it as a rewarding experience but found it was a much tougher job to do the actual construction than it was to design build- ings on paper. Moyer now lives in Philo, enjoy- ing the relaxed pace of life in the country.