- Artist ReceptionSunday, February 9, 2020 | 2:00 – 4:00pmCarstens was born in Oak Park, Illinois and received his B.A in fine art with an emphasis in sculpture and ceramics from Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois.
Link was born in Dubuque, Iowa and received her B.F.A in fine art with an emphasis in ceramics from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The studio is owned by Ceramic artist and potter Gary Carstens and partner Tabitha Link. Our primary focus is to create decorative sculptural and functional work using traditional and innovative techniques. We offer one-of-a-kind ceramic artworks, have established a commissions program for businesses, community organizations, and individuals, and provide limited teaching and classroom opportunities for all ages.
Our work is generally high temperature fired stoneware and porcelain making the ware durable and lasting. The work is typically fired to cone 10 reduction in gas kilns as well as atmospheric firing in wood kilns. Between us, we have 45 years of experience.
Gary and Tabitha also have an instructor relationship with the Adamah Clay Center located in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, where we teach various classes and woodfire workshops. Over the years we have worked with notable regional ceramic artists including most recently Mr. John Britt.
February 6 – April 2, 2020Artist ReceptionSunday, February 9, 2020 | 2:00 – 4:00pm
David Zahn lives and works in Moline, Illinois. Originally from the Chicago area, he has been creating art work for many years. David creates imaginative sculptures, and is known for his bronze and ceramic pieces. His figure based art works are interesting to look at containing some sort of mystery in them. Movement is another important aspect of David’s art. He likes to create intriguing juxtapositions of static and flowing forms in his imagery. Works by David Zahn can be found in public, private, and corporate collections. There are many pieces of his art on permanent public display both indoors, and out doors, in Iowa, Illinois and other locations.
As an artist who has been creating works for many years, there are some aspects of my pieces that are apparent. The human form has always been a major element in my work. Integrating images of people and blending them with abstract forms has been a long lasting direction in my art. I strive to create a feeling of timelessness and a strong emotional element in each piece. I make finished works in bronze, ceramic, and other materials as needed. I love to do commissions for individuals, or organizations. Creating a realistic portrait, or a one of a kind art work for a specific purpose is always an exciting endeavor for me.
I also like to have a bit of mystery in my art, so don’t be surprised if you can’t figure out exactly what is going on. My work is imaginative, thought provoking, and surrealistic at times, so the viewer has to make some of their own conclusions.