Kari Woolsey is a ceramic artist originally from South Florida. Kari’s work focuses on the everydayness of objects and vessels around us through making functional pottery, as well as, larger installations. She received a BFA in Ceramics from Florida Atlantic University in 2011 and a MFA in Ceramics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2018. She has completed artist residencies at Clay Arts Vegas, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and New Harmony Clay Project. Currently, Kari resides in Carbondale, IL and is the Assistant Director at Carbondale Community Arts.
"Through referencing specific objects and vessels found in the home, I want to connect my work with viewers' personal experiences. Our domestic spaces, like an overlooked corner of a living room or a catch-all windowsill next to a reading chair, can talk about very tender moments of our lives, either of introspective moments or relationships with loved ones. I hope to explore that space just under the surface of familiarity through formal elements like color, texture, line, as well as, referencing specific vessels commonly found in our everyday lives. My work becomes the expression of intimacy of the home, and how aspects of our domestic life might be uncomfortably sensitive but universal."
Every handmade piece at Alma’s is a story of its craft.