Artist Profile: Ashley Gauntt

Enjoy ceramic artist Ashley Gauntt’s delightful geometric designs. We spoke with her about influences, and developing her work.

 

Ceramic vessels by artist Ashley Gauntt. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

ABI:  How did your unique design style evolve?

AG:  Studying with artists who have diverse skills and specialties allowed me to be open and explore different processes with clay as a medium and living as an artist. This inspired me to do the same in my own way, discovering and fine-tuning what elements do and don’t help me convey the meaning of my work at any given point.

 

Ceramics by artist Ashley Gauntt. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

I’ve always been drawn towards geometry in a variety of ways including art, architecture, and design, especially since 1900. The psychology of art, science, symbolism and certain cultures or times in history such as the Egyptians, I’ve always felt a connection to. Philosophy, mysticism, and psychology are all influences in the continuing development and growth of my work.

 

Ceramics by artist Ashley Gauntt. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

As I study my life, my passions and interests, I slowly discover how I articulate it and thus express it, which is through a visual metaphor, i.e. a cup, that is reflective of one’s physical presence and awareness.

 

Ceramics by artist Ashley Gauntt. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

ABI:  What experiences have you had that influenced and encourage you as an artist and a businessperson?

AG:  I had a few experiences early in my college career where I doubted my path. Each time I changed course, I couldn’t stay away from the studio after learning how to throw on the potter’s wheel in 2006 and working as a studio assistant.

 

Ceramics by artist Ashley Gauntt. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

Finally in 2009, I made a deal with myself that I would learn everything I possibly could about ceramics as a medium and science, and the business of it. These turning points marked huge shifts that opened opportunities and possibilities through discovering and being willing to work towards my goals. Regardless of how much it terrified me, I wasn’t going to give up.

 

Ceramics by artist Ashley Gauntt. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

The people and places I studied with and worked with throughout my college and professional career has always been very valuable. I wanted to study with the best of the best so to speak; somewhere with a variety of options, community-oriented, goal-oriented, professional artists or organizations. The programs at St. Petersburg College and Arizona State University provided opportunities for applying the business aspects, taking workshops and going to artist lectures. I also worked for professional artists including Emily Free Wilson, Kurt Weiser, and Don Reitz, as well as arts organizations including the Ceramics Research Center at ASU Art Museum and the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. Volunteering and interning opened the floodgates to all of these experiences and empowered my development and awareness of possibilities.

 

Ceramics by artist Ashley Gauntt. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

ABI:  What are your plans for the future?

AG:  I will be beginning a one-year Artist in Residency at Taos Clay Studios, Taos, New Mexico in August. I am launching a Patreon campaign, and have several other new projects in the works that are rather large and unconventional compared to what I typically produce. Long term, of course, is building my dream, and traveling doing what I love. For fun, building a home, studio, gallery, and co-op for others, philanthropy, and sharing the love along the way.

 

 

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  1. Thanks again for the opportunity! It looks great!

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