Carolyn Watkins’ ceramic works “Mouth Plug” and “Mouth Hole” will be on exhibit at the Cole Art Center in downtown Nacogdoches, TX.
Stephen F. Austin State University’s (SFASU) College of Fine Arts School of Art is presenting “Collective Transference: Houston Area Clay Exhibition,” which aspires to capture the energy and range of Houston-based artists.
Watkins received her Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from Indiana University’s Hope School of Fine Arts. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning at the University of Cincinnati.
She has done residencies at the Mendocino Arts Center (CA) and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. Watkins recently finished a residency with the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC). The contemporary artist also studied ceramics at a pottery workshop in Jingdezhen, China.
HCCC featured Watkins and 10 others in its ninth edition of In Residence. This is an annual exhibition celebrating the Center’s Artist Residency Program. The Center’s program has supported makers in the field of craft for more than 15 years.
Her work has been described as taking “inspiration from folds of flesh, historic ceramic vessels, and how breath fills and leaves the body.” Watkins’ bulbous ceramic vessels and sculptures “subvert notions of utility.”
This is not the first time that Watkins’ work earns recognition. In 2014, she received the Juror’s Choice in the Beyond the Brickyard Juried Exhibition at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. The 2015 U.S. Distinguished Fellow (in crafts) Mark Hewitt was the juror.
Watkins has exhibited works across the country since 2005. Places in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky and New York. Most recently, her works were on exhibit at the Jung Center in Houston.
She has also been a lecturer and speaker at the National Council on Education in Ceramic Arts Conference. Watkins has also presented at Jiao Tong University (Xian, China), The Launchpad in Colorado, and the University of Indiana.
For more information about the exhibit, call (936) 468-1131 or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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