BA Mathematics, Clemson University, 2019
Q: What year are you at Clemson and what is your dream job after you graduate?
A: I am a senior, and my dream job is to be able to make a living off creating and teaching art.
Q: How would you describe your design aesthetic/ style?
A: I like to create work that is natural in either form, surface texture, or color choice. I really enjoy the earthy style that comes from pieces fired in the soda kiln or anagama, and I appreciate the unique imprint that the atmosphere leaves on each piece.
Q:What do you love most about being an artist?
A: I love the creation process more than anything, especially using mediums that require a lot of time and work, such as ceramics or printmaking. The longer it takes to create a piece of art, the more rewarding (or humbling) the final outcome is for me. I really love to get my hands dirty and challenge myself with new projects.
Q: What are your inspirations? In general and for the selected piece.
A: In general, I find most of my inspiration from nature, specifically the geography found in the southwestern United States. I am also inspired by the work of American traditional tattoo artists, Japanese ceramics and woodblock prints, and many contemporary ceramic artists. For the selected piece, the movement of the marbled design was inspired by ocean waves.
Q: What piece of work or project are you most proud of and why?
A: I am probably most proud of one of my large pots that was fired in the anagama last year. It is my largest ceramic piece I have made to date, and I am really happy with how the surface of the pot turned out. The way that the wood ash and flames traveled along the bare clay left a unique mark that complements the carving on the surface very well.
Q: What are you most excited about for this CSA season?
A: I am very excited to gain more experience in the sales side of being an artist and having the honor to represent Clemson University at NCECA this year!
Q: What are some other art related internships, demonstrations, gallery showings, or publications you have been involved with?
A: I have been lucky enough to participate in several art shows across the east coast during the last year with RAW: Natural Born Artists, Downtown Alive, Pancakes and Booze Art Show, the Gateway Arts Center, and more. I have also had artwork published in the Clemson Chronicle magazine.
See some of Katie's previous work below!