Ashley Hise - Clay Artist
I have always been drawn in by the growth patterns such as in shells, bones and plants - they call to mind the ancient, reassuring relationship between transfiguration and time. The ridges and curves in my work are inspired by bones and fossils, often found along the edges of rivers or lakes; they are fluid and unfolding, graceful and strong, a reminder of 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 always had a penchant for art and exploration; after growing up in Stevens Point Wisconsin I was drawn to the mountains of NC, where I started with clay as a studio apprentice, followed by a community college professional crafts program. After teaching 2nd grade in the Caribbean I decided to pursue a degree in art education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, where I live now with my son and husband. Here I've found inspiration from the varied shoreline of Lake Superior and I've been able to combine two great joys: swimming and ceramics!
The Edge Center for the Arts made a video about my process - check it out here!:
Ashley Hise Ceramics, Duluth, Minnesota