For the past two decades, ceramics has been the primary focus of my studio practice. Creating studio pottery with an emphasis on functionality and quiet simplicity. It is all about the subtleties of form, glaze, texture, and color. I love that the things I make become part of daily life, whether it is the ritual of morning coffee or celebratory feasts with friends and family. Each object is made by hand from concept to completion, including glaze and colour development, in my home-based studio in Nelson, BC. The pots I make are informed by use and inspired by the natural world. I love to grow, prepare and share food, which directly influences my time in the studio. The textures, colours, and forms I encounter while spending time in the forest and mountains find their way into my work-river rock glaze surfaces, wildflower colors, and the curves and angles of rocks and mountains. I love quiet, gentle pots that contain a touch of magic.
While I continue to make small batch pottery, I am also interested how art can contribute to personal, social, and ecological healing and provide new ways to relate and imagine our human place in the natural world. I am working with found, gathered, pressed, dried, cut and arranged natural materials to create biodegradable works on paper and small sculptures. These works are small acts of reciprocity.
I studied ceramics at the Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, BC, and at Alberta University of the Arts in Calgary, AB. After completing my formal education, I spent a year as an artist in residence at Red Star Studios in Kansas City, MO. I am currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication. My work has been featured in books, blogs, and magazines, including Uppercase, Makers Movement, Canadian House, and Home and Ceramics Monthly. In 2018, I was awarded Designer of the Year in the Maker Category by Western Living Magazine.
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Questions, comments, or would like to say hello? Please send me an email: Kalikabowlby@gmail.com