Oksana Litvinova Cartwright is originally from Siberia, Russia, and now lives and works in North Little Rock. Traditional Russian pottery has always fascinated her, and she got a real chance to learn how to work with clay at the Museum School at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts in Little Rock. She became a dedicated ceramics artist, eager to endlessly learn new techniques and incorporate them into her work, creating unique designs.
David and Becki Dahlstedt began making pottery together at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View. David studied pottery at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. Becki had a studio with California’s Berkeley Potters Guild before coming to Mountain View, Arkansas.
The Dahlstedts share a talent and passion for the craft of pottery and have been making pottery together for over thirty years. In their home studio in Mountain View, they create handcrafted utilitarian vessels for the everyday rituals of eating, drinking, and sharing meals.
Innovative, Dynamic, Meticulous, Fearless. This describes the artistic and personal style of Kelly Edwards, a Raku specialist in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Kelly creates modern, three-dimensional wall-hangings, intriguing vessels, sculpture, and tile work. Her artwork is both wheel-thrown and hand-built and is often embellished with subtle carvings and copper accents.
Kelly’s work appears in many private collections including those of UA Little Rock, President William Jefferson Clinton, and in the pages of the prestigious 500 Raku from the Lark Craft series (2011).
My love of playing in the mud began as a child, making mud pies with my cousin in the mountains of North Carolina and later at Girl Scout camp during arts and crafts. My love of art continued as I studied form, texture, and design in the process of completing a degree in fine arts. I have been playing in clay for over thirty years.
Hannah May is currently the Education Lead (and previously Lead Art Educator) at Winrock International’s Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub – a 20,000+-square-foot non-profit makerspace – where she manages education programs, staff, and art studios.
Logan Hunter studied drawing and ceramics at UA Little Rock and received his undergraduate degree in studio art in 2012. During his time there, he built the university’s first wood-fired kiln.
Clay artist Celia Storey of Little Rock calls ceramics “a form of problem solving that solves your problems by creating problems for you to solve.” And she knows this from personal experience.
While Storey throws on the potter’s wheel sometimes, her functional pottery is usually built from clay slabs. She takes the clay from 2D to 3D, rolling out flat slabs, slicing them into geometric shapes, and standing them up into vessels and service pieces or whimsical effigy pots. She likes the challenge of attaining a semblance of symmetry.