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Kelly Thiel

Kelly Thiel

Kelly Thiel is a talented artist and a terrific mom. She works in clay and bronze primarily, and also incorporates her love of drawing, art journaling, and mixed media paintings. Her work is deeply personal and resonates on many levels with thoughtful, reflective charm

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Kelly Thiel Wall Hanging at MudFire Gallery
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Kelly Thiel Wall Hanging at MudFire Gallery
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Kelly Thiel Square Wall Nest at MudFire Gallery
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Kelly Thiel
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Kelly Thiel Sculpture at MudFire Gallery
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Kelly Thiel Sculpture at MudFire Gallery
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Kelly Thiel at MudFire

Gallery group show Fur and Feathers, April 2013
Gallery group show House and Home, March 2012

 

Kelly Thiel Artist Bio

Kelly Thiel found clay in 1999. Interested in all things creative, she grew up with an artistic mother on a small farm in rural Georgia, where she developed her love of playing in the mud. Those formative years influenced her greatly, and since then, she has always been involved in the arts.

A couple of years after graduating from Virginia Tech, Kelly moved to Charleston, SC and began working in clay. She traveled around the country to study with different artists, like Tom Coleman and Lisa Clague, to further her knowledge of the material. She has shown her award-winning work in regional and national exhibitions, and currently participates with the American Craft Council retail shows each year. Several of her sculptures were also included in the Art Buzz, Collection 2008 and 2011, which is an art book, deidcated to the visual arts. Kelly has also recently expanded to offer her pieces in bronze.

With a studio on John's Island, SC Kelly is able to stay connected with the natural environment and has a view of pastures and a pond, with many trees and birds.

Kelly is married with two young daughters, who have already attended many art shows and exhibits in their short lives.

 

Kelly Thiel Artist Statement

Following the most turbulent years of my life, my current body of work attempts to express the deep agony, delirious joy and tumult I've experienced. Flight, by all its definitions, connotations, and implications is a flying away from; a rising to; an escape and a release; an expression of desperation and joy. Emotions beat inside me on wings on rage, anguish, and fear, but also on wings of joy and love. I am hopefully able to release all that I carry inside me - bird by bird - one small release at a time.



Kelly Thiel Artist Resume

Selected Shows and Exhibitions:
"Little Things Mean A Lot" Group Invitational, Atlanta, GA, Nov 2012-Jan 2013
"Couples", Members' Challenge, The Bascom, Highlands, NC Aug/October 2012
American Craft Council, Atlanta, GA, March 2012
"House & Home" Group Invitational, Mudfire, Decatur, GA, March/April 2012
Jersey Shore Clay National, m.t. burton gallery, Surf City, NJ, June 2011
Juried Artist, American Craft Council, Atlanta, GA March 2011
"Word Processing", Group Invitational, Cabarrus Arts Council, Feb/March 2011
Juried Artist, American Craft Council, Atlanta, GA, March 2010
Juried Artist, SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibition, May 2009
Juried Artist, American Craft Council, Charlotte, NC, October 2008
3rd Annual National Group Exhibition, Katharine Butler Gallery, FL, April 2008
National Ceramics Group Exhibition, Lawrence Arts Center, October 2007
"Naked Clay", Group Ceramics Exhibition, Woman Made Gallery, Sept. 2007
Juried Artist, SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibition, May 2007
Juried Artist, Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition, May 2006
Juried Artist, SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibtion, May 2006
Juried Artist, Telfair Art Fair, November 2005
Juried Artist, SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibtion, May 2005
Publications:
Art Galleries & Artists of the South, Vol. 9, issue 4, Mar/Apr 2013, Emerging Artists
Art Buzz, 2011 Collection
The Humours of Folly, by Braden/Davis, 2009
Art Buzz, 2008 Collection
Skirt Magazine, 2006
Residencies:
South Carolina State Park Artist In Residency, April 2007
Awards:
SC State Museum Traveling Exhibition Program, June 2009-May 2010
Seawall Art Festival, Fourth Place Award, August 2007
Piccolo Spoleto Fine Craft Show, Honorable Mention, May 2007
Tybee Island Festival of the Arts, Honorable Mention, October 2006
SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibition, Honorable Mention, May 2006
SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibition, Honorable Mention, May 2005
SC State Museum Traveling Exhibition Program, June 2005-May 2006
Piccolo Spoleto Craft Show, Merit Award, May 29, 2004
SC State Museum Traveling Exhibition Program, June 2004-May 2005
Professional Development:
The Figure in Clay, with Lisa Clague, Mudfire Studio/Gallery, October 2008
Narratives in Clay-Figurative Sculptures, with Laura DeAngelis, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN, April 8-14, 2007
Handbuilding the Figure in Clay, with Peter VandenBerge, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM, August 9-13, 2004
Lecture with Lana Wilson, Charleston Clayworks, Charleston, SC, January 24-25, 2004
Form and Surface Decoration with David Crane, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts, June 16-20, 2003
Passion and Knowledge Through Clay with Tom Coleman, Frank Boyden, and Janet Mansfield, Finch Pottery, Bailey, NC, May 3-4, 2003
Burnishing and Smoking Techniques with Chiwa, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC, March, 2002