Ashley Hise - Clay Artist
I have always been drawn in by the growth patterns found in shells and bones - they evoke for me that intuitive feeling of a spiritual ordering principle at work; the ancient, reassuring relationship between transfiguration and time. The ridges and curves in my work are inspired by the bones; they are fluid and unfolding, graceful and strong, they speak to me of water, birth and the evolving nature of physical existence.
During my process of wheel-throwing, sculpting and firing I like to emphasize that which is not in my control: the cracks that form as the clay is stretched along a curve, the movement and mixing of glazes as they reacte to the heat of the kiln, and the materials in the clay that flash and blush from the kiln atmosphere.
I live and work in Duluth, MN where I draw lots of inspiration from our beautiful Gitche Gumee, Lake Superior. Becoming a mother and wife here as well as learning more about my connection to the Anishinabeg people through my Grandmother has deepened my sense of belonging and brought more meaning to the artistic inspiration I have felt here.