2019 Viola Award Finalist for Emerging Artist
Carli Giese is a ceramic artist currently working on her post-baccalaureate certificate from NAU. She was born in Tempe, Arizona, where she also received her BFA in Ceramics from Arizona State University, class of 2016. In the fall of 2015, during her undergraduate career, Carli studied a semester abroad in Jingdezhen, China. There she studied at The Pottery Workshop, an international ceramics center in what’s also known as the “Porcelain Capital of the world.” She was the first student from ASU to be a part of this program and put together a Kickstarter campaign that was backed by 84 supporters and raised $4,500 to assist with the cost.
While studying ceramics abroad in China, she sculpted the expression of a smile and used an array of surface techniques to represent the different emotions behind each one. This work focused on emotional competence: having the ability to recognize, interpret and respond to emotions in others and oneself. Since her return to the states she’s expanded on these themes. Carli’s work is greatly influenced by human psychology and her own personal development.
“Truly knowing ourselves and why we do the things we do by acknowledging that each and every one of us sees the world differently. I’m looking for some insight into what motivates our behaviors. With that in mind, I’ve been able to create these works utilizing body language, color, texture, and facial expression. The clay process allows me to reflect on these ideas, myself, and what’s going on in my life. It allows me to feel calm and focused. These works are about embracing the present, and being aware of oneself.”
Recently she’s been focusing on figurative sculptures, however, she also produces cups, planters, and jewelry. Carli had three larger sculptures on view in this year’s Foundations exhibition at the Coconino Center for the Arts. Her piece ‘Puddling’ features a female figure made of stoneware, screen print, etched copper, copper wire, epoxy, and glitter. It was created in collaboration with artist Lauren Kelly and awarded best in show.
Puddling – Foundations 2019 Best in Show