Désirée Petty

Désirée is an award-winning ceramicist whose exhibition history includes the LUX Center for Arts in Nebraska, the Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, Arts Worcester in Massachusetts, UNCC Center City in Charlotte, Savanah Clay in Georgia, the Blue Line Arts in California, a solo exhibition entitled “Marks” at CPCC’s Pease Gallery, and the GreenHill Center for NC Art. She graduated with honors with a BFA from the University of North Carolina with a concentration in ceramics in 2014. In 2015/2016 she was a resident artist at the Worcester Center for Crafts where she dedicated a year to developing new work and teaching ceramic classes. In May of 2018 she was one of the demonstrating artists featured through “Meet the Artists” at the Kings Drive Art Walk along with Lexicon Gallery. Désirée is continually reexamining the line between functional and sculptural through the medium of clay. She pushes her work forward by exploring new relationships between the two and creating opportunities in the work where they intersect. A single ceramic vessel alone can easily have over 1,000 individual marks. As the maker, the act of repetitively pushing a tool in the clay to make these marks becomes a meditation on her own life and the physical and emotional marks, impressions that others have left behind. The marks made in the clay serve as a tangible expression of experiences and interactions with others. As finished pieces the work is meant to spark introspective conversation where others begin to ask themselves who created their marks and how were they changed.