Wanaree Tanner is an award winning, primarily self-taught, full time artist, with a love for illustration and a fascination with world mythologies. She started working in metal clay in 2008 and quickly became obsessed with turning two dimensional drawings into three dimensional forms. When copper clay hit the open market, she bought her first pack and never looked back. After two years of experimenting and dreaming, she’s feels she’s finally able to bring the forms lurking in her mind into reality.
She travels to art shows around the country, has written articles for Metal Clay Today, Art Jewelry, Metal Clay Artist Magazine and is the video editor for MCAM’s resource library.
She is inspired by world cultures, comparitive religion, and has a fascination with theidea that art can transcend language. To her, metal clay is a great gift to artists, its workablilty and ease with how readily it takes shapes and forms, makes anything possible.
Her pieces begin as hand drafted drawings, the textures and forms that she works into the metal clay are her own.
Being from a multi-cultural backround, many of her pieces fuse elements from what may seem as vastly different sources, but there is this thread of commanlity of the human experience that fuels her creativity. Her better half and she have owned and operated a small artware boutique, Jade Orchid, in Quincy, IL for over five years now.
She teaches basic jewelry making techniques to adults and children and has recently begun a blog to share some of these techniques and processes.
She serves on the board of the Great River Artisians, a group of local artists that originize shows to encourage art appreciation in the community. Most of her focus in the past has been on drawing, painting, and illustrating; much of her current work is somehow connected to that love and passion
Visit www.jade-orchid.com to discover more of Wanner's creations!
First Place Winner in Coming Unhinged Challenge 2011.
Second Place Winner in the Show Me the Love Challenge 2011.