FYI, figurative clay artist Kathy Venter is giving an a artist talk at Pottery NW on March 8th. Free. http://potterynorthwest.org/product/artist-talk-kathy-venter/
Her work will be on exhibit at BAM. http://www.bellevuearts.org/exhibitions/upcoming/index.html
I was curious about the influences Kathy Venter cited, one is Emily Kame Kngwarreye (pronounced Ung-warh-ay), this is a pretty good article. She started painting at 80! http://tothemax.ca/2009/02/12/the-dreaming
Another influence is the tanagra terracottas.
Also at the same time at BAM will show the work of an interesting wood sculptor, Dan Webb, graduate of Cornish.