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.