I’m originally from Indiana but moved to the Chicagoland area in 2001 with my family. Throughout school, I was given the opportunity to use a variety of mediums, all of which I enjoyed, but in college I decided to pursue a BFA in Illustration from Northern Illinois University. Although I enjoyed drawing and animation, I couldn’t keep my hands out of clay, and took several clay classes while there. Following graduation, after a year in Madison Wiscon, I spent several years in Chicago at Lillstreet Art Center where I began to lay my foundation for a ceramic career. I am now proudly an Artist in Residence at the Morean Center for Clay in Saint Petersburg Florida.
“Using characters I create narratives that are the reactions I have to loss, the desire for connection, and the search for hope. The figures being a reflection of myself, my mental state, and the internal battles I am sorting through. I enjoy making heavily detailed work that invites and draws the viewer in. My work is constantly shifting but remains heavily influenced by my love of the natural world. I grew up in a Roman Catholic household, but never truly felt spiritual, until visiting the ocean. It was more ornate than any church or cathedral I had been to and held more history than any book. I hope to evoke the same response I have to these natural formations from the viewer. “– Claire McCauley