Bri Larson Art

Bri Larson Art

About The Artist

Bri Larson • Amston, CT

I earned my BFA from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in ceramics and minoring in painting. In 2018 I was an artist in residence for two years at The Steel Yard in Providence, RI. My studio is located at the Nicholson File Artist Community, still in Providence. I focus on functional pottery, creating work meant to be used every day. My work invites people to build connections and celebrate the objects and themes that reflect the things they love. I use a combination of plain white clay, colorfully stained clay and repeated imagery to create this body of work. Porcelain is the perfect medium for combining bright colors, surface decoration and my inlay technique. I merge my passion for drawings and making pots by throwing each pot and hand drawing every design into the surface of the clay. Through the use of repeated imagery, I create unique patterns that dance over the surface of the clay, coming together and forming a design that celebrates the motif.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

My work starts as an unformed lump of porcelain. It is thrown on an electric wheel, trimmed, and embellished with porcelain colored with mason stains. After the pot is formed, I meticulously draw each design by hand using a knife into the surface of the clay. Once the pot has dried completely and before it has been fired, I inlay black underglaze into the drawings, and when wiped away reveals the drawings. The pot is then hand painted with underglazes and then fired with clear glaze. After all of the firings, each pot is sanded super smooth on the bottom, so it is soft to the touch and easy on any surface.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I am passionate about creating functional art objects, my mind revels in combining ceramics and drawing. Pottery is a wonderful medium that can be pushed in so many directions, and I love working in porcelain because it becomes a perfect canvas for my drawings and inlay technique. Rich colors, drippy glazes and hand drawn imagery define my work, and I am always seeking how to further refine and perfect my techniques and results. You can work on a pot for so long and don't truly know how it turns out until the last round of firings. This can be stressful pouring so much time and love into one piece to have it irreparably fail in the end, but it can also exhilarating and lead to deeper understanding. Any problems I encounter lead me to do a deep dive into the technical properties of my medium or technique and problem solving can be one of the most fun things about working in ceramics. Combine this with my love of drawing and it keeps me going in every small batch of pots I make!

What is something unique about you or your practice?

Every pot is hand drawn, hand painted and are like mini paintings and drawings, but they are functional pots. Everything I make is meant to be used every day, designed to be sturdy to withstand many uses and washes.