Holly Walker


I am a studio potter living in Vermont. I teach on occasion, semester courses include Rhode Island School of Design and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design as well as workshops at Haystack, Penland, Anderson Ranch, Arrowmont, and numerous universities. Administrative roles include Director of Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and various roles at Penland School of Crafts. My work is exhibited widely, including Clay AKAR, trax, Signature Gallery, the Clay Studio, and Penland Gallery. My ceramic work and thoughts have been widely published, and my work is in numerous collections including The John Bullard Collection, the Ceramics Collection of David and Louise Rosenfield, Museum of Contemporary Craft Portland, and San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.

Artist Statement

My terracotta ceramic forms are spare: architectonic, Shakeresque. Rolled coils of clay are pinched to create a visual tempo and rhythm that is inherent in the process of building. Abstract geometric structure maps the geography of the pot, enlivened by painterly brushing of colored slips and glazes. The glazes are playful, saturated, and luminous. Though densely layered, the resulting surface reveals the warmth of the red clay beneath, and patterns often punctuate surface activity.

I find inspiration in such diverse works as the lush paintings of recent contemporary painter Thomas Nozkowski, and the current and historical quilts of Gee’s Bend. I believe that an unforeseen disruption, even a walk out and back in the studio door can provide a renewed vision that may lead to a novel outcome.

More information about Holly can be found at: www.hollywalkerceramics.com