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Artist: Carla Prinster

Carla Prinster
Carla Prinster, ARIZONA
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As a latch key kid, I loved to draw and paint to entertain myself. I
later traded canvas for clay, and paint for slips to express my inner
thoughts. Learning pottery during my fellowship in Koishiwara
Japan, I fell in love with the traditional slip decorations, which has
given continuity in my artwork.
I think of myself as a folk potter, connecting with traditions and
added embellishments in simple ways that create a unique style
that is recognizable as my personal signature. I paint with pattern
and design in an automatic way building layer upon layer to create
depth of color with a celebratory theme in mind. The layers of
color and pattern contain an emptiness too, with openings to exit
and re-enter to invite the viewer to revisit.

I feel my artwork is a success if you smile when you see and use
my pottery.

The University of Arizona December 2014
Post Baccalaureate Art Education Certification GPA: 4.0
Masters of Fine Arts, Thesis: Burlesque American Etiquette June 1985
Utah State University, Logan, UT
Two year full Nora Eccles tuition scholarship
Bachelor of Fine Arts, BFA Exhibition: Expanding Traditions May1982
Stephens College, Columbia, MO
Japanese Fellowship in Ceramics Award June 1980

Studio clay artist June 1985-Present
Plate Mountain Pottery, Tucson, Arizona
-Manage studio operations and sales
-Previously serviced ten wholesale galleries and retail art fair sales
Art Teacher January2015 –May 2020
Orange Grove Middle School, Catalina Foothills School District, Tucson, AZ
-Instructor 6th , 7th and 8th grade fine art
Student Teacher August-December 2014
Desert View High School, Sunnyside Unified School District, Tucson, Arizona AZ
-Assisted mentor teacher with grades 10-12
-Acted as primary teacher to four classes with students grade 10-12 for twenty days
Student Teacher March-May 2014
Wildcat Art Program at University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
-Developed second grade lesson plans and taught a Saturday art class
Art of Summer Teacher July 2014
The Drawing Studio, Tucson, Arizona
-Developed clay curriculum and implemented lesson for youth ages 9-13
Artist in Residence, Collier Elementary August-May 2003-2004
Tucson Unified School District, Tucson, AZ
-Performed duties of Artist in Residence serving grades K-5
Assistant Teacher for Second Grade August-May 1999-2001
Castlehill Country Day School, Tucson, AZ
-Helped primary teacher throughout the day with classroom management

27th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Ctr, Lancaster PA
Cup: The Intimate Object XV, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, Florida
Workhouse Clay International 2018, Workhouse Art Center, Lorton, Virginia

The Almighty Cup, Gandee Gallery, Fabius New York
Vessels: Interpretations and Iterations, Mantle Gallery, Louisville Kentucky
Yunomi Invitational, Akar Design Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
Small Wonders, The Drawing Studio, Tucson, Arizona
Mercado Mercantile Art Show, Tucson, Arizona
Yunomi Invitational. Akar Design Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
Tucson Sculpture Festival, The Art Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
Beyond the Brickyard, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana
Small Wonders, The Drawing Studio, Tucson, Arizona
Art Al Fresco, Tucson Botanical Gardens, Tucson, Arizona
Gallery 31, Potters of the World, Seoul, S. Korea
Wood Fire Association Invitational, Merging Artists, Gyeongju, S. Korea
International Group Exhibit, Gangjin Celedon Museum, Gangjin, S. Korea
New Work, November, De Grazia Studios Little Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
First National Annual, Chico Art Center, Chico, California
Candelabra Show, Bona-Keane Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Can I Get You A Fork? New work, Quad-City Arts Gallery, Rock Island, Illinois
Window Works, Platters and Umbrella stands, Rock Island, Illinois
Pottery Guild Art Exhibit, Davenport Museum of Art, Davenport, Iowa
Window Works, Candlesticks, Rock Island, Illinois
16th Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibit, Centennial Hall Art Gallery, Rock Island Illinois
Out to Lunch , Luncheon sets, One person show, Mimzi III Gallery, Davenport, Iowa
Wichita National All media Craft Exhibit, Wichita Art Association, Wichita, Kansas
Ceramics From Lil Street Studios and Quad City Area Artists, Centennial Hall Gallery, Rock Island Illinois
Quad Cities Regional Art Showcase, Davenport Museum of Art, Davenport, Iowa
Ota Pottery Alumnae Show, Davis Art Gallery, Columbia, Missouri
MFA Thesis Exhibit, Twain Tibbits Gallery, Logan, Utah
USU Student Exhibit, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
Utah Intercollegiate Art Show, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
USU Juried Student Show, First place Ceramics Award, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
Utah Intercollegiate Art Show, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
The T-Pot, First Prize, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
ASU Student Exhibit, Student Gallery, Tempe, Arizona
Currents Ceramic Art, Student Gallery, Tempe, Arizona
BFA Exhibit, Davis Art Gallery, Columbia, Missouri

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, June session, Soda fire, Matt Long, June session, Andrea
Keys Connell, Building Big, June Emily Lingscheit, Reductive linocut and color relief printing, Gatlinburg, TN
Anderson Ranch, Narrative workshop with Beth Lo, Snowmass, Co.
Teaching “Taboo”: Building Social Empathy through Art & Story, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Az
Art Educators Day & Cultural Resource Fair, Phoenix, Art Museum, Phoenix, Az
Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft, Soda fire with Austin Riddle, Gatlinburg, TN
Summer Residency, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Mn
Art Educators Day & Cultural Resource Fair, Phoenix. Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix “Haiku”, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Az
Silver City Clay Festival, Salt glaze workshop with Jack Troy, Silver City, NM
Anagama Firing “The Sleeping Pot” at Randy Johnston, River Falls, Wi

2017 April, School Arts Magazine, Foldable Cubism lesson
2014 April, Ceramic Monthly, Exposure

Plough Gallery, Tifton, GA

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