Candice Methe – Red Lodge Clay Center

Candice MetheHelena, Montana

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Red Lodge Clay – Center Short-Term Resident 2015, 2020

Candice Methe, originally from Falmouth, MA, has been working with clay for twenty years. Currently resides in Red Lodge, MT where she is a studio artist.  She has had short-term residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT and the Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT. She earned her BFA from Northern Arizona University, 2011 and her MFA from University of Minnesota in 2015. In 2016 she was the recipient of the Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award where she traveled to Ghana, West Africa to learn about traditional clay practices and the painted clay houses of the North.

The work I make is my soliloquy of simpler times.

I turn the soil.
I plant the seeds.
I grow the wheat.
I harvest the grain.
I grind the flour.
I trade for the salt.
I collect the water.
I knead the dough.
I coax the fire.
I bake the bread.

Nourishment comes in many forms-labor, vulnerability, connectedness, desire.  The vessels of clay I make are for sustenance. They are a document of my intent and a signifier of my connection to this life, both past and present. Having the hand present in my work is critical. It is through the element of touch I am able to honor honesty, vibrancy, energy, and humility.