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Artist: Carolanne Currier

Carolanne Currier, PENNSYLVANIA 
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"It’s never too late!"

After a 30-year career in the health field, I discovered the joy of clay. I have been a full-time potter for 15 years. I enjoy making functional and decorative work, using wood, gas, and electric kilns. I like pots with natural forms that record the action of the maker and the process of the pot’s creation. In atmospheric firings, I like pots that retain evidence of their plastic clay origin and whose surfaces record the path of the flame and effects of prolonged heat. In electric firings, I like to do sgraffito, and show the maker’s mark by leaving part of the background exposed when carving designs. This presents as a kind of ‘faux-woodcut’ effect. My pots are meant to be used in everyday life. My intention is to combine the output of head, heart, and hands to add a bit of specialness to things we use every day.


Carolanne Currier received a BA in Art from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, and an MA in Environmental Biology from Hood College, Frederick, MD. She discovered clay in retirement after a 30-year career in the health field. She is a self-taught potter and has been potting full-time for 15 years. Carolanne uses wood, gas, and electric kilns to get the surfaces that best complement her organic forms. Her pots have received numerous awards and can be found in homes and collections internationally.


Ceramic Work Experience:

Independent studio potter - 2006 to present - Huntingdon, PA


MA - Environmental Biology - 1989 - Hood College, Frederick, MD

BA - Art - 1969 - Florida Presbyterian College (now Eckerd College), St Petersburg, FL

Past Exhibitions/Shows:

45th Annual Pottery Show and Sale - 2019 - The Art School at Old Church, Demarest, NJ

Reciprocity; A group show - 2019 - Bau Gallery, Beacon, NY

2019 AKAR Yunomi Invitational - 2019 - Iowa City, IA - Online gallery

Teabowl National, Best of Show Retrospective - 2019 - KCCG, Kansas City, KA

Jack Troy and Carolanne Currier Ceramics, Show and talk - 2019 - HACC, Harrisburg, PA

Finger Lakes Pottery Tour - 2019 - Ithaca, NY

International Invitational Teabowl Show - 2019 - Wallingford, PA - Mark Tyson, juror

Functional Ceramics - 2019 - Wooster, OH

Above Board Ceramics Invitational - 2019 - New Haven, CT - online gallery

Class of ’69 - Art Invitational - Eckerd College - St. Petersburg, FL - 2019

Charlie Cummings Gallery, online invitational - 2018 - Cup: The Intimate Object XIV

Cups Runneth Over - 2018 - The Society for Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA - Mary Barringer, juror

Whitney Center for the Arts - 2018 - Sheridan, WY

Charlie Cummings Gallery, online invitational- 2017 - Cup: The Intimate Object XIII

Strictly Functional Pottery National – 2016 – Lancaster, PA, Simon Leach, juror - Purchase Award

Strictly Functional Pottery National – 2015– Lancaster, PA, Matt Long, juror

Charlie Cummings Gallery, online invitational, - 2015 - Cup: The Intimate Object XI

Beyond the Brickyard, Archie Bray, Helena MT – 2015 - Mark Hewitt, juror

Drink This! - 2015 - Lorton, VA – Phil Rogers, juror

Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC – 2014 – An Adventure in Soda-firing, solo exhibition 

Battle of the Bowls, Lynchburg, VA - 2014 – Kevin Crowe, juror

Charlie Cummings Gallery, online invitational - 2014 - Cup: The Intimate Object X

Strictly Functional Pottery National – 2014 – Lancaster, PA, Christa Assad, juror – Form and Function Award

KC Clay Guild Teabowl National – 2014 – Delores Fortuna and Bill Farrell, jurors

Tabletop - 2014 - Alexandria, VA – Tony Clennell, juror

50th Anniversary Plate Sale – NCECA – 2014 – Invitational, Simon Levin

20th San Angelo National Ceramic competition – 2014 – San Angelo, TX – Leopold Foulem, juror

Locality Gallery – 2014 – New Bedford, PA

Daily Ritual; The Ceramic Cup - 2014 - Saxonburg, PA

Shino On! - 18 Hands Gallery - 2014 - Houston, TX

University of North Florida National Juried Ceramics Exhibition – 2014 – Jacksonville, FL – Bede Clark, juror

MWSU Clay Guild – Twin Cups: National Ceramics Exhibition 2014 – Saint Joseph, MO – Susan Speck, juror

2014 AKAR Yunomi Invitational - 2014 - Iowa City, IA - Online gallery

2014 Ceramic World Cup Tournament - 2014 - NCECA, Milwaukee, WI

Drink This! - 2014 - Lorton, VA - Sam Chung, juror

Cup of Comfort International Ceramics Biannual - 2013 - Halcyon Art Gallery - Terre Haute, IN - Ray Chen, juror

Battle of the Bowls, Lynchburg, VA - 2013 - Mike Jabbur, juror

Artifacts From the Inferno: Contemporary Wood-fired Ceramics - 2013 - Baltimore Clayworks, Jack Troy, juror

Strictly Functional Pottery National - 2013 - Lancaster, PA - Jim Connell, juror

Charlie Cummings Gallery, online invitational - 2013 - Cup: The Intimate Object IX

Past Exhibitions/Shows - con’t

KC Clay Guild Teabowl Show - 2013 - Doug Jeppesen, juror -award: Best of Show

Tabletop - 2013 - Alexandria, VA - Linda Christianson, juror

Red Lodge Juried National II - 2013 - Red Lodge, MT - Dan Anderson, juror

12th Annual Kent State University Cup Show - 2013 -Kent, OH

Drink This! - 2013 - Lorton, VA - Linda Arbuckle, juror

Endless Variations II; A Shino Extravaganza - NCECA, 2013 – invitational show curated by Malcolm Davis

Strictly Functional Pottery National - 2010 - Lancaster, PA - Bill van Gilder, juror

Workshops conducted:

Soda Firing with Carolanne Currier - 2016 - Shadbolt Center for the Arts, Burnaby, BC, Canada

Colorful Soda Clay Bodies: an exploration of materials with Carolanne Currier, - Ubud, Bali


Strictly Functional Pottery National - 2022 - Lancaster, PA


'From FDA to Clay' – article and cover image, Ceramics Monthly – April 2015

'Exposure' - Ceramics Monthly - February 2013, September 2013, June/July/August 2014

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