CURRENT RESIDENT ARTISTS
September 1st, 2019 - August 31st 2020
Kaitlyn Getz is an artist living in Carbondale, Colorado. While in residency at the Carbondale Clay Center she is also the ceramics and printmaking technician for Colorado Mountain College in Aspen. She holds a BFA from Ohio University and a Post-Baccalaureate from Pennsylvania State University. She has previously been an assistant to artist Alleghany Meadows as well as worked with the Artstream Nomadic Gallery and Harvey Preston Gallery (previously Harvey/Meadows). Before moving to Colorado she was a Program Assistant at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Maine as well as an Educational Assistant at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Her work has been exhibited nationally as well as internationally at the International Ceramics Studio in Hungary and can be found numerous collections.
My work is a continual exploration of mark-making. The archival nature of ceramic invites my mark-making to become a more permanent voice in inciting visual narrative. The weight that a ceramic object bares also plays into the metaphorical weight of the moments of pause, excitement, and recognition of human life that inspire me to be a maker. The surfaces I create upon objects are a reminder to viewers that another human was present in those moments and there is a lot of beauty in seeing each other. I believe that we are all in search of meaning, whether that be found in our day-to-day objects surrounding us or simply within a visual representation, this is where my work lives.
The materials that I choose to work with in ceramics deepen the experience of encountering these objects. The clay I choose to work from and the many glazes I select are intentionally chosen to represent their inherent permanence. The marks I make will live on much longer than myself and the viewer. I find meaning in the idea that the same calcium that makes up the very bones of my being are also present in the work I am making.
My work is Autobiographical – it is about
Growing up in the south
I take stories from my life and use them as lessons, symbolism, and myth to be observed in simple understanding, ritual and connection.
Clay is my main material, because I believe it has the ability to communicate directly, mimic correctly and hold permanence to ideas.
Hometown: Jonesboro, Arkansas
Born: Dec 26th, 1984 youngest of 3
I live and work in Carbondale Colorado with my partner and we both have a shared studio at Studio for Arts and Works.