Malotte & Rae
“Copper and Patina Artist”
Malotte was born in New York in the winter of 1952. From an early age she was drawn to the arts in all its many expressions. By the time she was 16, she was already showing her metal sculptures at Nepenthes in Big Sur.
Initially studying art at the Monterey Bay Peninsula College then College of the Desert, she experimented with many forms of art from painting to textiles. Ultimately, her love of metals, specifically copper, became her chosen art form. Experimenting with liquid chemicals and her torch is how she begins most days at the studio.
“All things emit energy, whether it is a person, a tree or a work of art. I create my work with copper, liquid coloring chemicals and a torch. The process is intuitive and spontaneous and done with a rhythm that makes each work unique. Sometimes this happens magically with little effort…..at other times it is a lengthy process of layers upon layers, constantly changing until the desired result is achieved. No two pieces ever turn out exactly the same, which is exactly the way I like it. To me, this process emulates relationships in our lives.”
She lives on a houseboat in the Oceanside Harbor in Southern California.
“The Art of Communication”
Pamela Rae’s life was always surrounded by nature and animals as she grew up in Southern California. Her serious study of art began with Ramona Rowley, a well known ceramic artist, as teacher and mentor. Ramona helped her from the beginning and gave her the confidence to pursue a professional artist’s career. A meeting with Beatrice Wood, “The Mama of Dada” confirmed the new life, when she was told she had a real feel for the clay and should follow that path.
More art studies through College of the Desert and apprenticing with the well respected sculptor, John Kennedy, helped refine the work and develop her own style. She sculpts mostly in ceramic but enjoys bronze and resin work also.
“I realized communication is the key to almost everything; friendships, lovers, work, animals and nature. When my work shows subtle communication between people and or animals and nature I feel that it touches my audience on a level that everyone can enjoy.”
She says the clay seems to melt itself into almost déjà vu experiences. “I see the people expressing feelings that I have had at different times in my life.” Her real goal is to see that smile of recognition when people view the pieces.
She now resides in Oceanside, California and appreciates the inspiration of the ocean & salt air.