Candice Methe strives to highlight the tie between beauty and utility that creates a deep emotional bond with the everyday user. She infuses the work with her touch combined with the spontaneous phenomena of clay, giving each piece the allure of a grand history hidden by ceramic process. The surface of each piece blurs any sense of time, leaving the user wondering if they are drinking from an age-old cup fit for ancient royalty or one made recently by the friendly potter down the road. Methe works in a variety of ways, creating pottery for daily use, large pinched vessels, and room-size installations.
Methe explains how she creates valuable and soulful art: “For me, nature is alluring, personal space is sacred, and there is a gravitation towards the moments and momentum in the creative process. There is appreciation in labor coupled with uncertainty.”
Methe received her BFA from Northern Arizona University in 2011 and her MFA from University of Minnesota in 2015. She now lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she teaches at Northern Arizona University and continues to make her art inspired by intimacy, process, and history.
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