ABOUT  

ARTIST STATEMENT

 

Handmade is an adjective meaning made by hand.  Such a simple definition for a way of working that resonates with care, human history, timelessness, and love. Working with my hands was inevitable for me. I love the process and experimentation that leads to a successful piece. Even embracing all the failures along the way. A perfect day starts with a cup of tea in the solitude of my studio as I take the time to imagine, plan, and sketch future work or pause to review the work of the previous day.  

 

In my clay work, I thrive on the magic of a kiln opening. Or the expression of a small clay face as it emerges under a carefully wielded tool. My current work embodies the mysteries and failures of the human experience. Experimentation has merged my lifelong love of pattern and the figure, leading to designs that take me back to my Aunt’s circa 1970 patterned dresses and the work of the great fabric designers of the past.  

In my photography, I am once again compelled by the figure and our shared experiences. However, I stretch the meaning of figure and humanity to include all that nature provides us and the metamorphosis of those gifts. The rust of manmade steel, the unfurling of a blossom. The actions of the beings that surround us mostly unnoticed. And finally our journey and how we pass through it.   

 

For me, an artful life is a life of discovery and that plays out in my studio.  Every day I try to reckon with what complex beings we are and explore by leaning into what that has wrought for us as I create objects that help tell our stories. 

BIO:

Stephanie Lowe was working as a freelance writer and essayist when she first encountered the medium of clay. Never looking back, she entered the University of Central Florida to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture which she received in 2000.  Always a storyteller, Lowe's passion for art has led to creations in both 3D and 2D.  As an educator in Los Angeles, first at Free Arts then in a high school classroom, Lowe brought her love of art to 100's of inner-city children and teens in LA County.  After retiring from her career as a classroom teacher, Lowe relocated to Whistler, British Columbia.  Today, she is focusing on creating her new art business, Stephanie Lowe Studios while designing a studio space and making art in the beautiful Canadian mountains.     

Career Highlights:
Exhibitions:
  • Art Heals with Free Arts for Abused Children. Instructor and Contributor.
  • Finegood Gallery. West Hills, CA
  • Art of the Horse. Palos Verdes Art Center.
  • 2300 Degrees. Ceramic Art Research Institute Gallery. Los Angeles.
  • ACS/Southern California Design Center Group Show.  AMOCA, Pomona, CA.
  • Hortt 45. The Best of South Florida. 
  • Razoo Gallery. Feature Artist. Fort Lauderdale.
  • Ceramics Biennial 2005. Guilford Handicraft Center. Guilford, CT.
  • Jersey Shore Clay National. Mt Burton Gallery.
  • Earth and Fire. Womanmade Gallery.  Chicago, IL.
Teaching: 
  • Art Educator for Green Dot Public Schools in Venice and Watts neighborhoods of Los Angeles, CA.
  • Designing and Leading Workshops for Free Arts for Abused Children
  • Designing and Leading workshops for The Broward Art Guild.
  • Designing and leading independent classes in her studio as well as other locations throughout Broward County Florida.  
Membership:
  • ​Craft Council BC
  • ArtsWhistler
  • American Ceramic Society: Southern California
  • American Craft Council
  • National Art Educators Association.
  • California Art Education Association. 
Art Education:
  • Single Subject Credential: Art. California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Bachelors in Fine Art: University of Central Florida
 

Handcrafted Ceramic Art

www.stephanielowestudios.com