Red Door Gallery

About Us

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Nathan Grubich and Amanda St. Hilaire-Grubich create soda-fired ceramics that bridge the gap between sculpture and function.

Having background studies in biology, oceanography and anthropology their work references found objects and artifacts found amidst nature. The intrigue and interest in nature and the contemporary world creates a correlation between art and artifact.

The symbiotic relationship between Grubich and St.Hilaire-Grubich in the studio provides the balance between form and surface texture. Both artist interchangeably use forms and textures created by one another to create a unified body of work.

All the work is produced using a variety of hand building techniques from slab work to large scale coiling. No molds or slip cast are used to produce the work. Forms are then carved, textures using hand-made stamps, or slipped and carved (sgraffito), to produce unique surfaces that are accentuated by the soda firing process. Glaze is used sparingly, primarily to produce high contrast between interiors and exteriors. The work is high fired in a specially built kiln where at 2100 degrees F. soda is introduced into the atmosphere of the kiln. The soda vaporizes and reacts with the surface of the clay to produce a wonderful glaze like sheen. The unpredictable flame patterns of the soda firing process produces a wide range of earth tone hues derivative of our clay bodies and our personally formulated slips giving each individual pieces it’s own unique fingerprint.
Education: Nathan Grubich received a BFA from Eastern Kentucky University in 2000 . In 2001-2002 Grubich received a residence position at Arrowmont the School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee.

Amanda St.Hilaire-Grubich received a BA from the University of North Carolina -Wilmington in 2002. In 2001 she was a recipient of a work study position and scholarship winner at Arrowmont the School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee.

Professional Experiences: Teachers of A Children's Art Exploration 2002-present Owners and operators of The Red Door Gallery 2002-present Jurors of Margrette Pertle Scholarship Awards 2002-present Juror of West Shore Student Regional Show 2005 "A Day in the Life of an Artist" lecture at UNCW 2003 "Form, Function and Fire" September 2002 John C. Cambell Children and Adult Community Education at Arrowmont 2001-2002 Sales Assistant at The Spectrum Gallery in Wilmington, NC 2001-2002 Assistant Gallery Coordinator at UNCW 2000-2002

Exhibitions: "For the House and Garden" Pewabic June 2007 "Earthly Treasures" Pewabic November 2006 "The Art of Clay: A Two Man Show" Old Art Building Leland,MI June 2006 WSAL May Membership Show 2006 "Earthly Treasures" Pewabic November 2005 "Earthly Treasures" Pewabic 2004 WSAL May Membership Show 2004 "The Residents"  Swanee School of Tennessee 2004 Arrowmont Residents Show May 2002 "A Teapot Exhibition" Headly Museum Tennessee. 2002

Awards: Award of Distinction Naples National Art Festival 2007 Second Place 3D/Collectors Circle Award Artfest Fort Myers 2007 Best of Show West Shore Art League Fine Art Fair 2006 Gallery Award East Lansing Fine Art Fair 2006 Award of Distinction Naples National 2006 Honorary Award East Lansing Fine Art Fair 2005 Best of Show Sutton's Bay Fine Art Fair 2005 Award of Merit Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival 2005 Best of Show Midland Center for the Arts Art Festival 2005
Red Door Gallery • 310 W. Ludington Ave • Ludington  MI  49431 • 231.392.4709