About this item
Comfort and sense of belonging have remained a constant theme in my work.
My latest body of work is an exploration of function with a specific concept that has become near and dear to my heart…plants. Over the years they have become something that I can nurture, watch grow, and learn about. Most importantly, they have become a sort of “love language,” and I enjoy propagating and gifting them to all the people I care about.
Time taken once a week to water, clean, propagate, and admire my plants has become a form of meditation and provides me simple joy. This time invested in each plant reminds me of my studio practice and the precise method in creating the surface decoration. When working on a piece, I am interested in how the layers of pattern and texture can call attention to the form, provide visual direction, and emphasize depth in its ornamentation. I hope that when viewing my work paired with their plant or making them a part of one’s own life, that the sense of the time, attentiveness, and love I have invested into both the ceramic piece and the plant that adorns it are deeply felt.
Dimensions: 6" h x 6" w x 6" d
Stephanie Wilhelm was raised in the small town of Manchester, MD. While pursuing her BFA at Elizabethtown College, she was introduced to the tradition of pottery studying abroad in Mexico during her junior year. After graduating, she furthered her skills in ceramics by working for a production potter in her hometown and continued her education by earning a Certificate in the Ceramic Arts at Hood College.
For 6 years Stephanie found community and education within the wood-firing network around her and completed a yearlong apprenticeship with a wood fire potter. Four of those years she worked teaching classes and assisting visiting artist workshops at the Frederick Clay Studio in Frederick, Maryland. Shortly after, she completed a year-long Artist Residency at the Brockway Center for Arts and Technology in Pennsylvania.
Stephanie Wilhelm received the 2017 NCECA Graduate Student Fellowship for her research on Bon Fresco combined with ceramics, which she conducted in Italy, and completed her MFA in Ceramics at the University of Florida in 2018. Stephanie was Artist-in-Residence at the Arrowmont 2018-2019.
Catalog number 181
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