Paige WrightPortland, Oregon

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Former Red Lodge Clay Center Long-Term Resident

Paige moved from her hometown of Portland, Oregon to study at The University of Montana, receiving her BFA in ceramics, in 2006. After completing a year of Post-Baccalaureate study at the University of Washington in ceramics in 2007, Paige participated in a yearlong residency at the Carbondale Clay Center in Colorado. To further expand her portfolio in preparation or graduate school Paige went back to Montana in 2008, as a long term resident at the Red lodge Clay Center. During her time in graduated school Paige was fortunate enough to live and work on site in Kecskemét, Hungary at the International Ceramics Studio. In 2012, Paige received her Master of Fine Arts from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. In the beginning of 2013 Paige will be a part of Project Network in Denmark at Guldagergaard: International Ceramic Research Center.

I create objects, which are a regurgitation of my mental melting pot.

The figure comes first: it is everyday, in the newspaper, in the grocery store, and in the mirror. Raised by medical professionals I have always had a persistent curiosity about the human body. I capture intense emotion through still gesture, not to tell a story but to conjure a reaction. I strive to get the most detail out of clay to satisfy my inner craftsman. It is the ultimate challenge for me to recreate the human form in a most realistic manner.
To escape that possessive, stressful ball-n-chain known as realism, I free myself with spontaneous expression through surface treatment. Once I push the realism as far as I can, I let my mind and body settle, letting the work become less precious. I try to look at it more objectively. Then, when I feel it is ready, I give it a taste of what I feel it needs in that moment–some pink here or a patch of drill holes there.

My decisions pile on one after the next projecting an equation truly unique to me.