ABOUT  

ARTIST STATEMENT

Handmade is an adjective meaning made by hand.  Such a simple definition for a way of working that resonates with care, human history, timelessness, and love. Working with my hands was inevitable for me. I love the process and experimentation that leads to a successful piece. Even all the failures along the way. A perfect day starts with a cup of tea in the solitude of a quiet studio as I plan and imagine. Or wonder how to use the bits that didn’t work and decide whether they merit another go or should be relinquished to my garden path -- the space that my kids once called “the island of the misfit sculpture.”  

 

It is the learning I thrive on. The magic of a kiln opening. The feel of a well-made cup in my hand. My current work embodies these things. A coalescing has happened recently. My lifelong love of pattern and the figure have led to designs that at once take me back to my Aunt’s circa 1970 patterned dresses and great fabric designs like the works from Marimekko.  An artful life is a life of discovery and that has played out in my studio lately as I reckon with how to merge what I am learning about patterns with the sculpted ceramic figure. We are complex beings and explores. My exploration is playing out in figurative sculpture, functional sculpture, and wall pieces every day in my studio and I am relishing the joy of the search.   

BIO:

Stephanie Lowe was working as a freelance writer and essayist when she first encountered the medium of clay. Never looking back, she entered the University of Central Florida to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture which she received in 2000.  Always a storyteller, Lowe's passion for art has led to creations in both 3D and 2D.  As an educator in Los Angeles, first at Free Arts than in a high school classroom, Lowe brought her love of art to 100's of inner-city children and teens in LA County.  After retiring from her career as a classroom teacher, Lowe relocated to Whistler, British Columbia where she is currently focusing her attention on designing new studio spaces and art in the beautiful Canadian mountains.     

Career Highlights:
Exhibitions:
  • Art Heals with Free Arts for Abused Children. Instructor and Contributor.
  • Finegood Gallery. West Hills, CA
  • Art of the Horse. Palos Verdes Art Center.
  • 2300 Degrees. Ceramic Art Research Institute Gallery. Los Angeles.
  • ACS/Southern California Design Center Group Show.  AMOCA, Pomona, CA.
  • Hortt 45. The Best of South Florida. 
  • Razoo Gallery. Feature Artist. Fort Lauderdale.
  • Ceramics Biennial 2005. Guilford Handicraft Center. Guilford, CT.
  • Jersey Shore Clay National. Mt Burton Gallery.
  • Earth and Fire. Womanmade Gallery.  Chicago, IL.
Teaching: 
  • Art Educator for Green Dot Public Schools in Venice and Watts neighborhoods of Los Angeles, CA.
  • Designing and Leading Workshops for Free Arts for Abused Children
  • Designing and Leading workshops for The Broward Art Guild.
  • Designing and leading independent classes in her studio as well as other locations throughout Broward County Florida.  
Membership:
  • ​Craft Council BC
  • ArtsWhistler
  • American Ceramic Society: Southern California
  • American Craft Council
  • National Art Educators Association.
  • California Art Education Association. 
Art Education:
  • Single Subject Credential: Art. California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Bachelors in Fine Art: University of Central Florida
 
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