Andrea MoonSt. Louis, Missouri

Red Lodge Clay Center Long-Term Resident 2011-12

Andrea Moon is the Director of Education at Craft Alliance, a non-profit craft school and is a Visiting Lecturer in Ceramics at Washington University in St. Louis. She grew up in Northwest Ohio and attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio, receiving her BFA in 3-Dimensional Studies. In 2009, Andrea completed her MFA in Ceramics and a secondary in Sculpture at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. Moon regularly exhibits nationally and internationally, as well as participates in national lectures and workshops.

In addition to being an artist, Andrea believes in supporting an active Arts community and cultivating a creative environment for students and emerging artists. She has served as the Residency and Communications Coordinator at the Red Lodge Clay Center and the Director of the International Artist Residency at The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. Currently, Andrea lives in the city of St. Louis, Missouri with her amazing partner, Dryden Wells and their very cool dog, Jungle.

As a maker, I am captivated by the numerous different paths that idea offers. My work is personally meditative, repetitive with pattern, and orderly in structure. However, I work hard to push against my patterns of order to create a vulnerable form, in hopes it implies an invitation of interpretation. I am interested in exposing my process by building spaces as positive and negative layers in multiple parts. Part of my challenge in making; is pushing technical confidence, questioning my self-awareness and patience, and trying to understand my need for structure. I am interested in creating a pattern of control or a physical order of parts that exposes my questions of stability and instability. I would like to create a sensibility or a malleable dialog through form, balance, and contrast through each structure.