ABOUT THE ARTIST

Raised outside of Pittsburgh, PA, Alyssa was first introduced to ceramic art in high school. Throughout her childhood, she constantly explored various artistic media with the encouragement of her parents and teachers. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in History and Philosophy at Appalachian State University, she moved back to Pittsburgh to pursue the ceramic arts on a professional level. There, she became a member of the ceramic cooperative at Union Project, where she was able to form her artistic identity and build her skills as an artist and teacher. Over a year in that studio setting allowed her to build a foundation in her craft, so Alyssa went on to fulfill a year-long artist residency with Brockway Center for Art and Technology. At this non-profit, she taught after-school programming to high school students in the ceramic arts while building on her own body of work. Here she had the opportunity to bring her work to the next level while making leaps and bounds in her artistic and professional development. She showed her year’s work in her first solo exhibition, Aligning Profiles: an Exploration of Form.

Alyssa is currently an Artist in Residence with Odyssey Clayworks in Asheville, North Carolina where she continues to expand into new forms and concepts. Taking reference from plants and nature, she is always striving to explore forms that carry both function and intrigue.

 

RECENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS

 

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Education

Bachelor of Art: Appalachian State University, Boone, NC — 2010 - 2014

  • History major, Philosophy minor; Cum Laude, 3.6 GPA

Residencies
  • Odyssey ClayWorks, Asheville, NC — 2018 - present​

  • Brockway Center for Arts & Technology, Brockway, PA — 2017 - 2018

 

Teaching

  • Odyssey ClayWorks, Asheville, NC — 2018 - present​

  • Brockway Center for Arts & Technology, Brockway, PA — 2017 - 2018

  • Union Project: Teaching Artist, Pittsburgh PA — 2015 - 2017          ​

Professional
  • Center for Craft, Communications Coordinator, Asheville, NC — 2019 - present​
  • The Bright Angle, Marketing Assistant, Asheville, NC — 2018 - 2019
Exhibitions

2018

  • Solo Artist in Resident Exhibition (by the end of current residency), Brockway Center for Art and Technology, Brockway, PA

  • “Clay in the Keystone” Various Pennsylvania-based ceramic artists, Brockway Center for Art and Technology, Brockway, PA, Liana Agnew

 

2017

  • “The Art Here” Various Contemporary Clay Artists Installment, The Children’s Museum Theater, Pittsburgh, PA, Carina Kooiman

  • “The Cup.” Goggleworks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA, Kurt Anderson

 

Sales

  • Mother of All Pottery Sales, 2016 - 2020, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Highland Park Pottery Tour, 2016 & 2017, Pittsburgh, PA

 

Publication
2019
Conferences and Workshops Attended

2018

  • Functional Ceramics Workshop, Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, OH. Presenters: Sue Tirrell, Martha Grover, and Kevin Crowe.

  • National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Florida Heat Surface Workshop, Morean Center for Clay, St. Petersburg, FL. Presenters: Linda Sikora, Mike Helke, Michael Hunt, Naomi Dalglish, Peter and Lori Pincus, Shoko Teruyama, Ben Carter and Adam Field.

 

2017

  • Kevin Snipes Workshop, Edinboro, PA

  • Woodfire NC workshop, Odyssey Clayworks, Asheville, NC. Presenters: Akira Satake, Kazuya Ishida and Eric Knoche.

  • Sharif Bey Workshop, Union Project, Pittsburgh, PA

 

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