LONG TERM RESIDENTS
Ashley Gauntt is a current Resident Artist and is working as Gallery Manager at Taos Clay in Taos, NM. She began her studies in ceramic at St. Petersburg College, Clearwater, FL in 2006, earning her B.F.A. in Ceramics at Arizona State University, Tempe in 2013 where she was awarded the Windgate Scholarship. She has been proactive working for arts organizations including the Ceramics Research Center at ASU Art Museum and the Archie bray Foundation for the Ceramics Arts, and professional artists Don Reitz, Kurt Weiser, and Emily Free Wilson of Free Ceramics. As a studio potter, was awarded to participate in several exhibitions in 2016 including Ceramic Tile at Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, and Cup: The Intimate Object at Charlie Cumming's Gallery, Chapel Hill.
Ashley is inspired by the complex connections of personal, interpersonal, and trans personal elements and how they influence our sense of being.
"The objects I create are symbolic references of awareness of the individual: what influences us, inspires us, and how we honor our authenticity through self-acceptance, imperfections and all. This forms the dichotomy between the perceptions we choose to have of ourselves and those around us and the ongoing process of balance; our internal dialogue, self-expression, actions, language, truth, beliefs, feelings and emotions versus how we choose to grow, expand, change, adapt, and evolve. And so and thus this reflects how we create our reality, how we relate and form relationships, how we effect the environment around us and how we allow it effect us."
Maria's is a current Resident Artist and is working in our studio as a glaze technician at Taos Clay. Her current work focuses on hand building processes and forming clay, using minimal tools, to understand more about the hand's relationship to material. With her concentration on particularly slow processes, Maria dedicates her time entirely to the piece in progress. Maria's favorite clay building methods are coil, pinch, and slabs. Enjoying her work is very important and she hopes it is communicated to you through the use of her ceramics. Maria's work is often about the importance of the journey as well as the destination.
In 2013, Maria earned her BFA from Bowling Green State University, in her hometown of Bowling Green, OH. In May 2017, she received her MFA from Syracuse University in Ceramics Arts. She is currently working as an Artist-in-Residence and Glaze Tech at Taos Clay.