Tara Wilson – Red Lodge Clay Center

Tara WilsonHelena, Montana

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Red Lodge Clay Center Long-Term Resident 2007-08, (AIA) 2017

Tara Wilson is a studio potter living in Montana City, Montana. Wilson received a BFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2000 and an MFA degree from the University of Florida in 2003. She has been a resident artist at The Archie Bray Foundation and The Red Lodge Clay Center. Wilson was selected as an emerging artist for the 2006 NCECA conference, was a presenter at the 2006 International Woodfire Conference in Flagstaff, and a demonstrator at the 2009 NCECA conference in Phoenix, AZ. She has given lectures and workshops throughout the United States; and her work has been exhibited internationally.

Quiet pots initially speak softly yet reveal complexity in both form and surface through continued investigation and use. Embodied in my wood fired vessels is the serenity that I experience by surrounding myself on a daily basis with a rich natural environment. These situations provide calmness, a physical as well as mental space that allows me to relax, contemplate, and focus on the important details of my life.

The surfaces of the vessels represent the natural world, and the forms often relate to the figure. Pottery’s inherent relationship to the figure is accentuated in my gestural forms. The dialog between the forms changes as the pieces are used.

The simple things in life are often the most important, the great outdoors, the company of my dog, and the beauty of making pots on a daily basis. My pots speak of my passions, while at the same time allowing the user to recognize the important things in their own lives.