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Artist: Kyle Carpenter
Kyle Carpenter is a studio potter in Asheville, NC. In 2000, he received his BFA in Ceramics from The University of North Carolina at Asheville. In 2007, he moved from his home studio to Asheville’s Historic River Arts District. He currently shares a studio and gallery with two other full-time studio potters. He is a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and exhibits his work nationally in galleries and museums. His work has been published in several books and magazines and can be found in many private and public collections, including the NC Mint Museum of Art.
As a studio potter, I work diligently to make well-crafted wares for everyday people. It’s seemingly less about the “ritual of the table” and more about respecting a long tradition of craftsmen before me and discovering my own voice. As a contemporary potter, I often look to past traditions for inspiration. I’m interested in folk pottery of many origins. My native state of North Carolina, of course, offers a deep well of talented potters, both folk and contemporary, to look towards for inspiration.
Simplicity in form offers a broad surface for me to embellish with lines, patterns, and drawings. Before I was introduced to the ceramics arts, I did a fair amount of illustration before and during art school. The combination of three-dimensional forms and two-dimensional drawings was a natural fusion of both my love of drawing and pottery, art and craft. It is my intention to bring together clear and abstract markings to engage the viewer to look closely at how design relates to the form of the pot.
Description of Plate:
“Carolina Wren Lunch Plate”, 2014, stoneware covered in flashing slip, hand painted with underglaze. Fired in a propane fueled salt kiln. Cone 10. Diameter 8” x .75”.
Price: $ 100
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