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Artist: Laurie Caffery


Artist: Laurie Caffery
Laurie Caffery, NORTH CAROLINA
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The use of functional ceramics incorporates daily visual and habitual elements within our lives. They can be objects of festivity and beauty, or vessels for nourishment. Utilitarian pottery is an intrinsic part of social relationships and rituals that are created over a shared meal. These objects compose a conversation that both enriches and celebrates life and what sustains us. My work intends to elevate daily practices into lighthearted and joyful experiences that convey a sense of place.


Having grown up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, I learned to associate the peaks and valleys with my father, who taught me the names of the bright blue ranges and how to find healing in the landscape. My mother, a painter, encouraged me to pursue drawing as guidance through the anxiety I experienced as a child. These grounding practices that I was given by my family have left me captivated by the concepts of home and belonging.

Within my work I explore these concepts through narrative and whimsy. I draw
storylines on functional work to elicit the feeling of home or place. Pitching a tent in the woods is a simple act, but it is one that denotes presence and the creation of your own home. This imagery manifests the playful, the magical and the whimsical that exists within reality and in our imaginations.

EDUCATION
Appalachian State University Bachelor of Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Ceramics 2014, 3.7 GPA

AWARDS
2017
Regional Artist Project Grant Recipient, Toe River Arts Council 
The Dr. Judith Temple Scholarship, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts 

2015 Friends of Arrowmont Scholarship, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts 

2014 Appalachian State University Student Research Grant Recipient 
2013 Eva H. Burress Memorial Scholarship 
2014 Appalachian State University Dean’s List 

RESIDENCIES
2017 -Present Long Term Resident, Odyssey Clayworks 
2016 Summer Artist Resident, Odyssey Clayworks 

WORK EXPERIENCE
2016 - Present Studio Manager, The Bright Angle Studio

2016-17 Studio Assistant, Odyssey Clayworks

2015-2016 Pottery Studio Manager, The Art of Living Retreat Center


EXHIBITIONS AND REPRESENTATION
2017-18 Odyssey Clayworks Gallery, Asheville, NC

2017
Main Street Arts, The Cup, The Mug 2017, Clifton Springs, NY
Charlie Cummings Gallery, Cup: The Intimate Object XIII, Gainesville, FL
Carlton Gallery, Foscoe, NC
Nasty Women, Clayspace Gallery, Asheville, NC

2014 Boundless: Senior BFA Exhibition, Smith Gallery, Boone, NC

2013
An Exploration in Clay, Looking Glass Gallery, Boone, NC
Art Expo, Turchin Center for The Visual Arts, Boone, NC


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