Bio

Tamara is a co-founder/owner of Beall Street Studios. She is a ceramic sculptor and hand builder whose work is often narrative, created with a combination of extruded, slab, and handmade forms. Additionally, she enjoys painting and working in pastel.

 

Tamara has lived in Bozeman, Montana for 18 years. After a career as a graphic designer and raising three children she returned to school, completing a BFA in Studio Art and minor in Art History from Montana State University in 2014. Additionally, she has a Visual Communications degree from the Art Institute of Seattle (1987), and BS degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington (1984).

 

Other than making, designing, planning, and gardening, Tamara spends a lot of time hiking, skiing (both cross country and downhill), traveling and doing just about anything outdoors with her husband and family.

Artist Statement

Combining slabs, extruded forms, and sculpted objects I create forms which represent my interest in  contemporary society and interpretations of current events. I strive to make art that is highly crafted yet displays the unique and diverse qualities of clay.

Often my work uses architecture and the hexagon (referencing bees) as a relational element to the figure and human achievement. My small figures are meant to be gestural, capturing the mental state and diversity of the individual. As a sculptor I am working to combine detail with three-dimensional composition to capture the viewer’s attention, bringing them into the conversation of the piece. I hope the viewer finds humor, beauty and wonder, while questioning humanity and our daily activities in the modern world.

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Current Occupation

Beall Street Studios Co-Owner/Artist -  Beall Street Studios provides an ideal working space and creative atmosphere for artists to realize their ideas within a supportive community of peers. The 2,965 square foot remodeled building offers studio rental for seven artists. 

www.beallstreetstudios.com


Education

August 2014 - Bachelor of Fine Arts (emphasis ceramics), Minor in Art History, Montana State University

September 1987 - Associate of Applied Art in Visual Communications (Honors), Art Institute of Seattle

August 1984 - Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Sciences, Geography Minor, University of Washington

WORKSHOPS  - Archie Bray Foundation, Helena Montana

September 2010 - Porcelain, Myth and the Figure with Chris Anteman and Gerit Grimm (5days)

September 2014 - Go Figure: Mixing it Up with Metal and Clay with Lisa Clague (5 days)

May 2016 - A day with Sue Turrell 

July 2016 - Community Mosaic Mural Making with Laurel True (5 days)


Ceramic Exhibitions
2014 Montana State University Undergraduate Student Juried Exhibition - Best of Show

2013 University of Montana and Montana State University Faculty and Student Exhibition

2013 A Baker’s Dozen - A Ceramic Show Featuring 13 selected artist at the TART Gallery, Bozeman Montana

2013 Montana State University Undergraduate Student Juried Exhibition 2011 University of Montana and Montana State University Faculty and Student Exhibition

2011 Montana State University Undergraduate Student Juried Exhibition

2010 Montana State University Undergraduate Student Juried Exhibition - Honorable Mention Ceramics


Design Projects

Central Asia Institute 2009 Calendar

Central Asia Institute 2008 Calendar 2007 “Aged to Perfection” Calendar - fundraiser for local hiking trail dedicated to Hedvig Flowers

2007 Bozeman Christmas Stroll Poster Contest Winner

2007 Sweet Pea Poster Contest - Honorable Mention


Design Experience

Graphic Design Team Lead  September 1995 - August 1997

Microsoft Corporation, Redmond WA

Managed a team of five designers and two contractors to create new Office 95 Help, and Wizards. Fostered teamwork, career growth, and understanding of new technology within design group. FrontPage3 - Worked with Program Management to design Visual Style Gallery. Created example themes, created guidelines and specifications for additional theme creation, hired three outside design firms to create themes, art directed development of 57 themes. Reviewed and selected all clip art. Created 38 frame animated spinning globe. Created seven new animated PowerPoint templates. 

Senior Graphic Designer August 1993- August 1995

Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA

Visual design and creation of the online documentation in Word 6.0 for Windows and Word 6.0 for Macintosh. Created templates, animation, and art for Quick Review demos. Developed prototypes, final layout, and conceptual art for the Examples and Demos in Help. Managed freelance Graphic Artist, worked with Excel Designers to create wizard templates and art. Created the project team sweatshirt.

Graphic Designer  March 1990 - July 1993

Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA

Designed the online documentation in Word 2.0 for Windows. Created templates and the overall look of the Computer Based Training. Responsible for the layout, illustration, and production of eight lessons. Designed the Word 2.0 Setup icons. Created all of the online Help art. Designed the online documentation in Word 5.5 for MS-DOS. Created templates, animation, and the overall look of the Computer Based Training. Mentored additional Graphic Designer on the team. Created the visual design of online Help.

Contract Associate Graphic Designer September 1988 - February 1990

Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA

Assisted with the design and production of the Computer Based Training in Word 1.0 for Windows. Created conceptual art and screen layout.

 

Freelance Graphic Design September 1986 - February 1990

Adventure Medical Kits, Oakland, CA - Company logo, business cards, catalog, and company collateral.

AEI Music Network, Seattle, WA - Production Assistant/Designer. Prepared camera-ready art for publications, sales promotions, and company collateral. Designed a bi-monthly newsletter.

Sports Northwest Magazine, Seattle, WA - Production Assistant. Designed the page layout for editorial content and advertising.


Additional Professions
Research Meteorologist  September 1984 - March 1986

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder CO

Whitewater Kayak Instructor  May 1987 - September 1990

Northwest Outdoor Center, Seattle WA

Mother of three

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