Pendle Hill is pleased to welcome Owen Coursin as our Summer 2016 Minnie Jane Artist-in-Residence! He arrived on June 1st and will be with us for nine weeks.
Owen was raised Quaker and attended Buckingham Friends School (BFS) where he first interacted with clay. It wasn’t until he attended Earlham College that he discovered his passion for wheel-thrown pottery. During this time, Owen also developed a significant interest in science, the environment, and education. He is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Environmental Education from Antioch University New England.
Owen strives to make ceramics that are thoughtfully created to help enhance functional and aesthetic qualities. His work has focused mainly on throwing and altering high-fired pottery. He has recently started exploring hand building and slab work, finding that these techniques allow him to better incorporate nature-inspired patterns into his work.
Owen will use his time at Pendle Hill to explore the link between art, spirituality, and the environment. He will use wheel throwing, hand building, and various decoration techniques to express and form connections around his understanding of spirituality and nature. He will also develop and implement a ceramic-based project to give back to the Pendle Hill community.
At the end of Owen’s residency, there will be a presentation exhibiting some of his work created during his Pendle Hill experience. You can find his present work and follow along his journey at www.coursinclay.com.