Tara Wilson is a studio potter living in Montana City, Montana. Wilson received a BFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2000 and an MFA degree from the University of Florida in 2003. She has been a resident artist at The Archie Bray Foundation and The Red Lodge Clay Center. Wilson was selected as an emerging artist for the 2006 NCECA conference and was a presenter at the 2006 International Woodfire Conference in Flagstaff. She has given lectures and workshops throughout the United States; and her work has been exhibited internationally. Wilson was a demonstrator at the 2009 NCECA conference in Phoenix, AZ.
Quiet pots initially speak softly yet reveal complexity in both form and surface through continued investigation and use. Embodied in my wood fired vessels is the serenity that I experience by surrounding myself on a daily basis with a rich natural environment.
The rich surfaces of the vessels represent the natural world. Nature also inspires form, in some cases quite literally, as river rocks become saucers. Other pieces speak of this passion more subtly. Bases reference the landscape, evoking a sense of space and awareness of the land. Parallels can be drawn between geological processes and the atmospheric firing process.Pots physically capture and record their firing process similar to the way sedimentary and metamorphic rocks speak of their history.
Potterys inherent relationship to the figure is accentuated in my gestural forms. The dialog between the forms changes as the pieces are used.
The simple things in life are often the most important. My pots speak of my passions, while at the same time allowing the user to recognize the important things in their own lives.
More information about Tara can be found at: tarawilsonpottery.com