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Stacy Kuropata


What clay body do you use?

"For functional pottery, I primarily use Laguna B-Mix, and sometimes use Laguna Speckled Buff and Armadillo Cinco Rojo. For sculptural work, I use Armadillo Balcones and Laguna Speckled Buff."


Primary forming method?

" Both wheel work and slab building."


Primary firing temperature?

"Cone 6"


Favorite surface treatment?

"My work has a unifying surface treatment in the form of heavily textured presentation. My glazes vary from piece to piece but are almost always representative of some natural element, especially earth, water, and growing things. Blue, green, and brown regularly adorn the surfaces of my highly textured work."






Compass








Space Vessels


Favorite Tools?

"A wood knife and any kind of carving tool. I especially enjoy stippling tools and very sharp ribbon tools. "



Detail


Describe your studio environment.

"As of right now, my personal studio is non-existent given the fact that my husband and I just moved into a new home. In our last home, my studio was in our garage, and we have the same plans for this space. We will work to transform our garage into a fully functional ceramics studio. In the meantime, I call Third Coast Clay my studio home."












Casssiopeia  (Detail)






















Casssiopeia




How/Where do you market and sell your artwork?

"I am currently selling at local markets and art events throughout the state. I am slowly but surely building my online commerce through Etsy, Instagram, and Facebook."



Karkanos















What sparks your creativity? What drives you to work with clay?

"My creativity comes from a place of needing to find joy and express the joy I discover. My inspiration may come from fond memories and nostalgia, like when I think about the dishes my grandmother used to serve me a homecooked meal. My inspiration may come from observing ancient pottery and the stories that generations of humans from all over the world have to tell. Either way, my inspiration is the history of humanity, whether it is a kitschy mushroom mug that my grandma used to serve me coffee milk, or a prehistoric vessel that honors the memories of loved ones past. The daily use of ceramics across our human history highlights our most intimate moments, and that is the overwhelming inspiration behind all that I create."              



Stein














Wo(man) in the Moon



Did you come to ceramics from a different career? Tell us about your journey to a ceramics career.

      "I always knew I wanted to be an artist, but I didn’t recognize clay as my primary medium until I studied under Lotus Bermudez at the University of Houston. At that time, I had my mind made up to be a painter. However, after taking several ceramics courses with Lotus, experiencing her mentorship and encouragement, and taking inventory of my own enjoyment of my practice, I realized that clay was my natural form of expression."


      Focal Point















      How have you have taken your experience as a well-established maker in the field and passed that knowledge along to your other artists?

      "I have taught ceramics in many different environments, from teaching children of all ages to senior adults. I currently teach ceramic sculpture and pottery at Third Coast Clay and Houston Baptist University. My primary message to any student I teach is that there are no limits to what you can create, and the only limits are those you enforce upon yourself. I believe that clay is such a versatile medium and that each and every student that puts their hands in clay can create things and connect to things that are much larger than themselves."





        Time Glutton



        Supernova




        What’s the best advice you’ve been given by a fellow maker, mentor, or teacher?

          Stop thinking about what you should or should not make. Stop worrying about if it will succeed or fail. Those worries will keep you stuck. Instead, just create, observe, learn, and change based on your successes and failures. Don’t let your fears keep you from creation."




          Sub-TEA-rranean




          Agave Nocturne




          Footprints



          Website URL and other social media platforms:

          Website: www.stacykuropata.com

          Instagram: @kuropottery


          Bio:

          Stacy Kuropata is a born and raised Houstonian, potter, and ceramic sculptor. It was at University of Houston that she first fell in love with clay and began her journey in ceramic art. After graduating, she then went on to earn her MFA in ceramic sculpture from Houston Baptist University. Since that time, she has taught ceramic sculpture and pottery to students of all ages, both in academic and private settings. She has shown her work across the state of Texas as well as internationally, and has participated in programs such as the Atelierhaus Hilmsen and Sojourn residencies. Stacy has a passion for sharing the gift of clay with others, and volunteers with organizations such as Clay Houston and Empty Bowls. She teaches ceramic sculpture at Houston Baptist University, as well as private lessons at Third Coast Clay. As a ceramic sculptor and potter, Stacy enjoys creating both small and large scale ceramic artworks as well as functional pottery. Stacy’s sculpture is heavily informed by archaic art and architecture, patterns found in the nature, and geological forms, all seasoned with a hint of her deep love of science fiction, mythology, and fantasy. Her pottery takes these themes and combines them with the everyday kitschy objects she grew up seeing in her grandparents’ homes, incorporating imagery and motifs that inspire the best memories in her heart.

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