‘Work on Porcelain’: An artist’s ceramics offer ‘safe haven’

Sep 26, 2011 | General News, Liberal Arts

Mary Louise Carter, an associate professor of art at Louisiana Tech, presented the “warmth and excitement” that is her latest project, “Work on Porcelain,” along with Andy Shaw Sept. 17 at an art exhibition at Louisiana State University’s School of Art. Carter has been a potter for more than 30 years, and her current porcelain work brings sentimental life to functional ceramics. Vases, teapots, cups, serving and storage containers are only a few of her porcelain pieces she works with. “My desire to live and work in relationship to others is integral to my work as a functional potter,” Carter said. “I imagine that everything I make will find a place in someone’s life.” Exhibiting and lecturing throughout the United States, she holds the Clarece Harp Lyles Endowed Professorship in Ceramic Arts at Tech. She received her bachelor of fine arts from Kansas City Art Institute and her master of fine arts from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred. “I want my work to offer a safe haven,” Carter said. “After a long and hectic day, you finally arrive. Someone waits attentive, tending, considerate, concerned. There is a slow exhale. You’re home.” Story by Haley Kraemer