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About Kyle Carpenter

Kyle was born and raised in North Carolina and attended UNC–Asheville, where he received his BFA in Ceramics in 2000. Kyle has been a studio potter for the past 20 years, exhibiting his work at galleries, museums and pottery tours. He’s a juried member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild and his work is in private and public collections, including the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC.

Artist Statement

As a studio potter, I work diligently to make well-crafted wares for everyday people. It’s seemingly less about the “ritual of the table” and more about respecting a long tradition of craftsmen before me and discovering my own voice. As a contemporary potter, I often look to past traditions for inspiration. I’m interested in folk pottery of many origins. My native state of North Carolina, of course, offers a deep well of talented potters, both folk and contemporary, to look towards for inspiration.

Simplicity in form offers a broad surface for me to embellish with lines, patterns, and drawings. Before I was introduced to the ceramics arts, I did a fair amount of illustration before and during art school. The combination of three-dimensional forms and two-dimensional drawings was a natural fusion of both my love of drawing and pottery, art and craft. It is my intention to bring together clear and abstract markings to engage the viewer to look closely at how design relates to the form of the pot.

Instagram: @kylecarpenterpottery

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