'Just a little uncomfortable' ceramic exhibit probes intimacy

Griffen Smith

Four ceramic cups display Stephanie Dishno’s self portrait of a woman blending into the wallpaper behind her.

It’s meant to share Dishno’s introverted side, and is one of 100 individual unique designs coming to the Clay Studio of Missoula that center on the intimate moments of home and femininity.

Now finishing her two years of residency at the Missoula studio, Dishno has presented her largest exhibit to date with “This is all just a little uncomfortable” — a collection of figures, illustrations and cups that explores Dishno’s thoughts on vulnerabilities as a woman and the messy human nature.

Each cup is similar in size, but depicts variations of the female form. Each is painted on white background with laser-detailed images of people’s lives, often framed by the background of the subject’s home.

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Some depict partners in love or quarreling, others show more lighthearted connections with friends. Some show the subject isolated, entranced by their day-to-day tasks.

It’s a new medium for Dishno, who usually creates larger-than-life ceramic pieces of humans and animals. Dishno said she wanted to try a new gallery with smaller pieces in three different

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