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Cara Gilbert

Cara Gilbert

Cara Gilbert works in stoneware and porcelain out of her studio in Los Angeles. Her work is defined by color, texture, and pattern in glazing and reflects a focus on handcrafted contemporary design. She draws her inspiration from an eclectic set of interests ranging from fabric design (Russian avant-garde textile design and Japanese kimono fabric), to mid-century modern sensibilities in industrial and interior design, to the Bauhaus and Arts and Crafts movements.

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Cara Gilbert Handpainted Freestripe Vase  at MudFire Gallery
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Cara Gilbert Handpainted Freestripe Vase at MudFire Gallery
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Cara Gilbert Handpainted Manoa Stream Vase at MudFire Gallery
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Cara Gilbert Handpainted Manoa Stream Vase at MudFire Gallery
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Cara Gilbert Handpainted Freestripe Vase at MudFire Gallery
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Cara Gilbert Handpainted Freestripe Vase at MudFire Gallery
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Cara Gilbert Artist Statement

One of the things that drew me to ceramics was the combination of creating vessels that had intrinsic, subtle appeal in their form and volume with adding surface treatments to give them another layer of life and expression. The challenges and delights in both of these aspects of clay -- and how they interact -- I find really appealing. I am inspired by an eclectic set of interests ranging from fabric design (Russian avant-garde textile design and Japanese kimono fabric), to mid-century modern sensibilities in industrial and interior design, to the Bauhaus and Arts and Crafts movements, and more . . . I play a lot with color, texture, and pattern in glazing.

I work these days mostly with stoneware and porcelain, in oxidation firings. Most pieces reflect a focus on the intersection of traditional, functional pottery and handcrafted contemporary design.

I have been a potter for over 20 years. I gained training and experience through numerous workshops, classes, and logging many, many studio hours in Los Angeles, where I also taught regularly. Shortly after moving to Atlanta, I decided to pursue ceramics full-time and have been doing so for the last 7 years.