Claire Thibodeau moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in June after her graduation from Alfred University with a BFA in Ceramics. She currently is teaching at the Community College of Allegheny County and is the Artist-in-Residence at Union Project in Pittsburgh.
“Working back and forth between drawing motifs, which capture a modern narrative, and vessels that entice or activate memory, I explore human experiences that connect people through time, experience, and touch. I strive for the moment when the physical material of clay transforms into a conceptual metaphor for memories and narrative. I attempt to memorialize those who have become a part of the earth and create a nexus between historical moments that reveal shared truths and timeless sensations. I am consciously trying to connect my art and life through a meta-role of both narrator and character in my own creations. Poised for discovery, this moment manifests the evocative power of ceramics and human interaction.
Patterns and motifs within my work keep a sense of time and rhythm, while simultaneously expressing abundance and obsession. Ceramics illustrates a symbolic cycle of life through its physical process - it takes on new unlimited forms and reaches a final (but ultimately temporary) definition in its firing process. My thoughts resonate through this unique materiality, revealing tangible and open potentials. For me, clay is a container in both form and material for an experience or ritual, while remaining a medium of infinite potential.”