Andre & Virginia Bally
 
Andre and Virginia Bally, contemporary artists in ceramics, glass, paper, and metal, joined Gallery 195 in April 2018.

The artists, who founded Bally Studios in 1994, have been greatly influenced by the cultures and design motifs of traditional Japanese Potters, as well as North American Indian Potters. These influences are reflected in the design and finishes of Virginia’s and Andre’s work. Their backgrounds in art and design, as well as long hours of research and trial-and-error testing make each piece they produce completely unique.

The Ballys' intriguing, stylized ceramic masks are on display now at Gallery 195. The pieces begin with alginate castings of a living person. This becomes the mold from which a ceramic mask is formed. Each mask has a unique halo made from cast glass or etched glass or ceramic. Various techniques of glazing, sandblasting, and etching create the finished masks.

In addition to the masks and bowls on display, the Ballys feature retablos made from found objects and embossed copper, rock n roll icons mounted on a hand painted wood base, in the style of Mexican folk art.

Virginia Bally received her Associates Degree in Fine Arts, with honors from North Harris County College, after winning a Fine Arts Scholarship on the strength of her ceramic work and being featured in the 1991 Juried Student Art Exhibit.

Andre Bally has been researching and experimenting with ceramics, glass, metal and paper for over forty years. Recently his primary focus has been on developing a sandblasting/etching technique which can be used on ceramic or glass.

Together they have pieces on exhibit in private collections in Canada, Europe, Northern Africa and the United States.

Gallery 195 is open 10:00 to 5:00 Monday, Thursday through Saturday and 12:00 to 5:00 on Sundays. For more information visit: www.gallery195.com.

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    Title 3
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    Title 4
  5. Awakening
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    Awakening
  6. Mimi's Garden
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    Mimi's Garden
  7. Bowl with Arabic Pattern
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    Bowl with Arabic Pattern
  8. Ginkgo Moon
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    Ginkgo Moon