Red Lodge Clay – Center Short-Term Resident (AIA) 2016
Rachael Marne was born and raised in the great small art town of Helena, MT, home to the Archie Bray Foundation and Holter Museum of Art. She spent her wee years painting, sculpting and assembling just about anything she could grasp with her tiny hands. Later on, she immersed herself in the rich artistic culture that Helena has to offer; volunteering her time at the Holter as an “ArtSmart”, participating in mural classes with local artists, taking private drawing sessions and finally exposing herself to the addictive nature of clay at the Archie Bray. She graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in Ceramics and after graduating, moved down to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she completed a year long Post Baccerlaurette position at Louisiana State University. After her post-bacc, she moved to Virginia to be an artist in residence, surrounded by clay, trees, wood kilns and great company at The Cub Creek Foundation for Ceramic Arts. Her desire to return to Montana brought her to work as a studio assistant for Tara Wilson, just outside of Helena Montana for a year gaining experience firing train and catenary wood fired kilns. She is currently attending Montana State University to obtain a Master’s of Fine Arts in Ceramics. Throughout her short career as a young artist, she has had three solo exhibitions and has shown regionally and internationally in juried competitions, invitationals and (most recently) a traveling exhibition titled “Montana Clay”.