About the Artist
Karen Fisher is a ceramic artist living in Chapel Hill, NC. She has had her hands in clay since her earliest days at Greenwich House Pottery’s afterschool program in New York City. Several years ago she turned her focus away from working in the arts and non-profit sectors, to creating a life as a ceramic artist and teacher. For Karen, working with clay is meditative; a practice of being open to the unexpected and letting go.
A daughter and granddaughter of artists, she also has an abiding interest in the study of ancient cultures and art history. Her work on several digs in the Middle East informs her awe for the timelessness of art crafted by hand. She has unearthed Bronze-age pottery and felt the throwing rings laid in by an artist long ago. Her time at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico nurtured her understanding of the sacredness of working with clay.
Drawn by the elemental nature of clay, she explores form and surface textures with one of the most versatile materials on this earth.
She works with stoneware and earthenware clays, each suited differently to wheel-throwing or hand-building. Clay speaks in it’s own way, and she likes to listen by experimenting with varying forms and surface treatments. She says that working with clay is a dynamic relationship that grows and changes as skills are developed and new directions are explored. Teaching ceramic arts gives her the opportunity to share her joy in the creative process
Karen is an active member of the Orange County Artists Guild and the NC ClayWorks Guild.