05/06/1977 - 06/19/1977

Art Museum of South Texas

Ms. Van Bavel-Kearney has worked with pottery in its many facets and is known for her burnished, sawdust fired ceramic vessels of masterful craftsmanship. Around 1973 she focused her craft and began to identify her signature style by using a primitive American Indian technique whereby the leather-hard clay is rubbed with a smooth stone. The results were lovely and Ms. Van Bavel-Kearney has proceeded by exploring in many possibilities of this method of working with clay. In 1977 she began working full time on her artwork and was the 1978 recipient of the Texas Institute of Letters – Paisano Fellowship. Her work has been collected by several museums and many private and corporate collections.