and Laurie Hennig
Creek, CA 95006
eMail: Dan & Laurie
Camp Climax Web Page
Left, "Foxy Lady". Click on thumbnail to view larger image.
Visionary, idealistic and in love, Laurie
Anderson and Dan Hennig were married while attending San Jose State University in
California. It was 1968, and the smoke was still clearing in Berkeley as they took their
B.A. degrees in Art and traveled abroad to explore the museums and art enclaves of
Europe. Adventure and opportunity led them to teaching positions in the Caribbean
where for almost two years the rhythm of life in the West Indies influenced their
work and lives.
In 1972 they were lured back to California by the great resurgence of
culture and the arts that had been taking place since the late 60's. Camp Climax Pottery
was begun in a remodeled garage in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The decision to establish the
studio at their home reflected their desire to integrate their lifestyle, allowing the
environment of family and community to effect the clay process. Their 20 plus year
involvement with the Renaissance Pleasure Faire began at this time. Together they explored
the playful mood of "the Faire" to develop their own wild style, incorporating
wheel-thrown stoneware and porcelain, constructions and sculpture. Eventually their work
and markets have expanded to include major craft shows and galleries throughout the United
States and Europe.
Dan's "Rat on an Acorn" at
left. Click on thumbnail to view larger image.
Supplementing this experience has been an
ongoing commitment to the arts in their own community, including; home and charter school
ceramics classes, apprenticeship as well as involvement in the diverse and multi-ethnic
music scene in Santa Cruz County. Sharing the vision has also taken form in events they
have helped coordinate and produce. The Redwood Mountain Faire and Music Festival, the
Metro Gallery in Santa Cruz and, most recently, the development and creation of the Santa
Cruz Mountain Art Center in Ben Lomond.
Through their involvement in numerous cultural
and service organizations they have helped to secure a place for the arts in their
community. The influence of
working with Daniel Rhodes, a well known and respected
ceramic artist and author initiated a new overstanding of clay. A quest is sometimes like
stepping into the abyss and signals a need to move ahead. One is sometimes not aware of
the challenge until a teacher like Daniel Rhodes brings attention to the basic elements,
as revealed by the rocky surfaces of his stone guardians.
Front and back ceramic sculpture
"Julia Butterfly" by Laurie; 36"
After years of covering the clay with glazes, Laurie and Dan now wanted
to let it be what it was . . . stone. Suddenly they were viewing the planet in a whole new
way, re-discovering the monolithic rocks of the Sierras and marveling at the multi-colored
earth of the Southwest and even the very birth of our planet as it oozes as molten rock
from a volcano to form an island in the Pacific. They returned to the studio to
incorporate these new impressions. Soon these new rocky forms attracted creatures. The
appearance of Iguanas, desert rats, turtles and other creatures signals the fresh respect
that Laurie and Dan feel for the other beings that inhabit this planet, even if ever so
precariously. Laurie and Dan have always let the clay process reflect their
experiences and ideas to create ceramic objects. They have been effected by the
discovery of pottery shards along the beaches of the Mediterranean, on the mesas of the
Southwest U.S, and in caves of Central America. Coming across the work of Laurie
and Dan Hennig at a gallery or craft show will form a different impression. However,
the encounter can still evoke a response... and a sense of possibilities in the natural
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