Working with clay allows me to reflect on the connections I have made with people and places through prolific experiences. My recent work projects my vigorous training as a Leach Potter back in 2017. I am always striving to make well-crafted pieces focusing on function and aesthetic exploration. I treat my forms as canvases with a variety of different decorating techniques such as repeated brush-stroke patterns, glaze trailing, wax resist, and spoon glazing. I love how clay cultivates community within home settings, events, and especially the restaurant industry. As I continue to explore my practice and challenge myself the short term goal is to start my own handmade tableware company, providing beautiful, functional, and affordable wares made by the people for the people
Carson Culp is a self-taught ceramic artist who shared a double duty at the Multnomah Arts Center for three years as a Ceramic Technician and Youth Clay Instructor. During his time in Portland he was employed at Mudshark Studios and an apprentice at Kelly Pottery. Carson is influenced by traditional Japanese ceramics expressing that with his wood fired and high-fired celadon work. He is drawn to making functional forms that show balance and quality with a fluid and inorganic style. Carson has been accepted to a one year apprenticeship at the Leach Pottery in Cornwall, UK where he will work alongside the production team and focus on his craft. His
goal is to start a wood fire pottery/gallery and pass on his life experiences to other emerging ceramic artists.