ARTIST STATEMENT

Life is full of constant change and movement. My work carries questions of curiosity amidst such a change and response. As I remain enraptured with clay, I work towards a gesture to highlight its pliability & fluidity. The interaction of moving clay to assymetry brings an energy and humanity to a vessel that captures a moment in time.

 

Patterns envelop routine for solid foundations. I begin most of my work on the potters wheel, centered and symmetrical. Then through a wide variety altering methods I create an intuitive response to the clay. I am drawn to asymmetry. Molding, cutting, darting and pressing allows me to be free to explore the material with waves, ripples, seams. Where will it allow me to go? What limits can I push? Will these seams heal?

 

Most of my work grows out of seeking to cherish such moments of movement and spontaneity - even if seemingly mundane. I currently look to embrace smaller details inside the overall animated gesture. I want to gain the first impression through a profile but draw the viewer in close through small quiet characters of design.

 
 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Born and raised in the foothills of the Carolinas, the arts introduced themselves as storytellers early in Carrie’s life. Her family, rooted in musical traditions and open hearts, allowed Carrie to venture through materials to find her method of telling her story.

 

While attending North Greenville College & Clemson University, she touched clay and fell in deep fascination. The years following college, however, quickly turned uncertain and fearful in watching her father’s health decline, which drew her home to Greenville, South Carolina. After her father’s death, life was defined with different lines --- lines that pointed Carrie to dream, to dance and to fight for her story in clay. 

 

In the fall of 2017, she was honored to work as ceramics studio resident at The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts in Highlands, NC. Her reconnaissance gained during this residency only heightened her urgency to explore her voice in clay & the compelling community surrounding. 

RESUME / CV

Selected Juried Exhibitions:

45th Annual Artist Guild Juried Exhibition, Spartanburg, SC. 2018.

CLAY Juried Exhibit, Greenville, SC. 2011. 

Indie Craft Parade, Greenville, SC. 2010.  

NCECA Regional Student Juried Exhibition, Louisville, KY. 2007.

 

Selected Group Exhibitions: 

Fall Exhibition,  Bascom Center for the Arts, Highlands, NC 10/2017

“20/20”, Clemson Art Center, Clemson, SC, 7/2012

“Art Reveal”, Starbucks, Greenville, SC, 8/2011.

“Christmas at the White Whale” Greenville, SC, 12/2010.

“Opening at the White Whale” Greenville, SC, 9/2010.

Art & Light 2009, Collaboration with Sara Dise (Housewright).

“Anagama, Vatagama,” Blue Ridge Art Center, Seneca, SC. 2006. 

“The Birthing,” Clemson University, Clemson, SC. 2006.

Awards and Grants:

First Place in 3D, 45th Annual Artist Guild Juried Exhibition, 4/2018.

Life Scholarship, South Carolina, 2002-2006.

Visual Arts Scholarship, North Greenville College, 2002-2005. 

Current Position:

Independent Artist & Educator in Greenville, SC

Ceramic Residency Artist at STARworks Center for        Creative Enterprise

 

Education:

BFA. ceramics, Clemson University, Clemson, SC. Fall 2006.

Undergraduate studies, North Greenville College, Tigerville, SC. 2002-2005.

Studies Abroad: Prague, Summer 2004. 

College Prep School, Bob Jones Academy, Greenville, SC. 1999-2002.

Teaching Experience:

TRAM (Travellers Rest Arts Mission)

Greenville Art Museum

Greenville Classical School

Greenville Center for Creative Arts

The Bascom Center for the Arts

Spartanburg Art Museum/ Chapman Cultural Arts Center

 

 

Other Experience:

Inside Sales Representative for Clay-King.com (2018)

South Carolina Clay Conference (SCCC) 2018, assisting presenter, Shadow May

Ceramic Residency, Bascom Center for the Arts; Aug. - Nov. 2017

SCCC 2017, assisting presenter, Josh Copus

Penland, work study & workshop with James Lawton, Aug. 2015

SCCC 2015, assisting presenter, Sue Grier

Open Studios, Greenville, SC 11/2012

 
 

EVENTS

8.9-8.11

POP UP SHOW

at Darin Gehrke Ceramics

Friday: 1pm - 9pm

Saturday: 10am - 3pm

Reception 6-9pm

Sunday: 1pm - 3pm

9.17

HOUSE SHOW

Saturday 10am - 3pm

Greenville, SC

House Show - location TBD

5.28-8.15

DIRECTED OPEN STUDIOS

Spartanburg Art Museum