Over time I’ve developed a non-hierarchical vocabulary of imagistic inventions that embrace the salient features of many stylistic languages. In the midst of these I’ve found that it is my profound and personal immersion in nature that allows me to discover oddly familiar truths in each. I believe that I’m able to move between these languages easily, and without affectation, because the visceral realities of the natural world exist for all of us equally and may, if one is able to embrace them fully, serve as an interpretive bridge of great depth and resonance. Embellished functional pottery forms remind people of their proximity to the remarkable world of plants and animals.
Liz Quackenbush is a Professor of Art at the Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA; where she has worked for the past 19 years. Her work has been included in the Minnesota Pottery Tour for the past 14 years. She has taught at numerous craft schools, lectured at universities nationally, and participated in residencies in the U.S. and abroad. Liz enjoys gardening, baking bread, and spending time in her studio exploring the grounds of functional pottery.