candyaustinceramics' Shop Announcement

Welcome to my etsy site! I have been a ceramic artist for 15 years, and have loved every minute of it. Currently, I have been creating both functional and sculptural work. To see more please visit my website at

My work deals with relationships. These relationships are the interactions that take place between forms within a work as well as between the work and the viewer. The forms themselves are inspired by aspects of the human body, such as a rotund belly, a long neck, or an open mouth, and shapes found in nature, particularly twisting intertwined tree branches and balancing rock formations. My pieces are hollow. The space inside the works houses the soul of the piece and the hole is the way for that life force to connect with the viewer. Interactions between the forms are important to me, as well as the way the pieces relate with and animate the space around them. What interests me the most is the relationship the viewer has to my work, whether it is physically sitting in a piece, standing close to see detail, or visually making a connection with memories in their life.

I use all different processes when creating my work. Combining throwing and hand building techniques, I use whatever process will fit the scale and the feeling of the works. For example, in my current work, I throw multiple closed forms, alter them, and then add hand built elements. This allows me to create precise, smooth, and organic forms. I have also made strictly hand built pieces, building works up to four feet by four feet. The types of firing I use are also determined by what type of piece or what type of feeling I am trying to create. I have used many different techniques including pit firing to achieve an organic flowing surface, low fire oxidation for smooth colorful surfaces, cone six reduction for a warm, spontaneous surface, and cone 10 reduction for highly functional surfaces. Having this constantly expanding palette of techniques allows me to continue to grow as an artist, and lets the work develop as it will.

This shop accepts Etsy Gift Cards.