Stacy LarsonMorgantown, West Virginia

Red Lodge Clay Center –  Summer Resident 2023

Originally from rural Minnesota, Stacy attended Syracuse University where she received her BFA, double majoring in Ceramics and Jewelry/Metalsmithing with a minor in Retail Management. Stacy has received several awards and scholarships for furthering her ceramic studies, including residencies at the Chautauqua School of Art, NY and The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. Stacy spent a year in St. Petersburg, FL as a resident artist at The Craftsman House. In 2019 she completed a yearlong Post-Baccalaureate program at Louisiana State University. She has interned at craft schools including the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and Touchstone Center for Crafts. While working an administrative position at Touchstone for the past six summers, she has also taught several ceramics workshops. She is currently a Ceramics MFA candidate at West Virginia University and the Student Director at Large of NCECA. Her work has been shown in galleries throughout the United States.

My elegant porcelain pottery is an exploration of sensuous details from nature’s flora and is a search for beauty. The vessels are wheel-thrown and altered to reference biomorphic forms with plant-like movement. Soft, voluminous forms suggest buds about to burst and flowers in bloom. Thin altered rims allude to delicate petals and become an invitation to an intimate moment. The subtle nuances of form are accentuated by the cascading crystals and variegated colors of microcrystalline and soda-fired glazes. These fluid glazes mimic luscious floral surfaces and patterns like a variegated tulip or the striations of a dogwood bract. These vessels serve as a reminder of nature’s beauty and encourages a mindful engagement while slowing down to appreciate the little things.