Alexandra FitzGerald
Design & Pottery
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About

 

It all started when...

I began learning about pottery and design during undergrad at Plattsburgh State University of New York.  After receiving my BFA Degree in drawing with complements in graphic design and ceramics, I took a 2 year hiatus from pottery to focus on design.  I couldn't stay away for long, though, and restarted my education in clay at the Clay Art Center in Portchester, NY.  In 2016 I made the decision to pursue an apprenticeship in Washington state where I worked for 6 months.  I have since returned home and now work at the Clay Art Center as the Community Arts Apprentice & a member artist, as well as in White Plains, NY as a production designer for the Casamigos Tequila Company.

 

About the pots...

The work I create is a meditation on memories and experiences. By its repetitive nature, the medium of clay is meditative process in its own right and I apply the experience throughout the entire making process. I am interested in awareness of self and how one’s experiences shape their personality and world view. The connection between object and memory is strong, creating a pivotal moment that sticks out as sharp and bright as a knife’s edge.  It is those places or people that ground memory that interests me the most.

As a way of creative storytelling, I create animal characters to represent my memories that I desire to engage my audience with. Specific memories that inspire me are for myself, but the translation into illustration on the objects can be interpreted differently by everyone; a mix of cautionary tales and stories of love and hope. Through the vehicle of storytelling I hope to give my audience a moment of thoughtfulness and meditation, thus bringing them full circle to the core of my making practice. We are all connected in our moments of growth no matter how varied the direct causes of them may be.

Reinvent Your Daily Rituals

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