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Catherine Mills named Artist in Residence at Morean Center for Clay

18 Sep 2019, Posted by Robin McGowan in ART Matters, Classes, Community, In the Papers, News, Press Releases

St. Petersburg, FL – Catherine Mills was selected from a field of nearly 50 artists from across the US to participate in the 2019-20 Artist in Residence program at the Morean Center for Clay, a Morean Arts Center facility for ceramic arts.  Mills will be offering courses and workshops as part of her residency and plans to expand her sculptural work.

“The Morean Artist in Residence program allows me to carry the momentum and excitement I have coming directly out of undergraduate studies in a diverse, community-oriented space that offers new and challenging opportunities like teaching,” said Mills. “I’m excited to further my exploration into sculptural ceramics and the interactions it can have within my functional work. Starting a new body of work in a new chapter of my life feels much less terrifying when you have a shared studio space for conversation to happen and ideas to incubate,” she added.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Mills received her BFA in ceramics from Louisiana State University in 2019. She primarily pinches functional crockery intended to inhabit the daily life of its user. Catherine draws inspiration from her summers spent living outside, the deeply Southern roots in which she grew up, and the interactions she has within those realms. During her time as a student, she participated in the summer work study program at Arrowmont School for Craft, and was an Advanced Student Project Network resident at Red Lodge Clay Center.

The Morean Center for Clay is the largest operating clay studio in the Southeast. It boasts over 48 professional ceramic artist working studios. The Center also has opportunities for the public to participate in classes and workshops and to support the artists in the retail shop on property featuring their works.

The Artist in Residence program at the Morean Center for Clay aims to enhance and further the educational experience of clay artists. During their time at the Morean they are encouraged to build their body of work, teach classes for youth and adults, apply to shows and participate in group and individual critiques. A solo exhibition serves as the capstone experience for the program, highlighting the concentration of the artist’s work during his/her residency. Residency alumni have gone on to study at graduate school, to own and operate their own studios and have become professors at colleges and universities across the Nation.

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