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InFocus catches up with local artist Karen Fiorino at the Celebration of Women Artists in Fiber in Clay, an exhibit held at SIUC’s University Museum February 1-April 14, 2006. Fiorino’s functional pottery is known for its whimsical designs inspired by nature, which is evident in the pieces featured in the exhibit. Her “Mean Fish Plates” are lead-free Majolica glaze plates, which begins with a white background that is then colored with different pigments and fired until all the colors are fused into a solid glaze surface. Karen also points out plates featuring a sunflower motif. These plates were created using the slab method, in which each petal is individually made. Fiorino is the owner of Clay Lick Creek Pottery in Makanda. The studio is open by appointment only. You may contact Fiorino via email at email@example.com.