Instructor: Kirsten Stingle
Kirsten has been represented at national and international museum exhibitions, such as Museo MACRO, Testaccio in Rome, Italy, the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, the Georgia Museum of Arts and Sciences, the Harn Museum and Barton College of Art.  In addition, Kirsten has participated in international exhibitions such as SOFA, Art Miami: Aqua, Art Palm Beach, Art Palm Springs, Art Wynwood, and Art Manila.  Further she has gained curatorial experience as co-curator of “Taboo: Sexuality and Sexual Identity in Ceramics,” and “Sacred and Profane,” and “Deconstructing the Conversation.”  Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, the Kapp Foundation, the Addams Family Foundation, Cafesjian Foundation and Windgate Center for Art and Design.

Working in the genre of narrative ceramics, Kirsten fuses her richly detailed porcelain figures with mixed-media to further our understanding of ourselves and our place within the contemporary world.


Artist Statement

Storytelling connects us to one another and explains who we are.  In an age when the individual is often alienated, my work attempts to cut through the isolation by presenting common threads of the human experience. A fine arts degree in theater refined my understanding of imagery and taught me to use gesture as a powerful expressive tool when telling a story. It is through figurative ceramics that I am able to incorporate those skills in order to more powerfully realize my narrative impulse. 

While each piece is instantly approachable, closer inspection reveals a world in which the story and inner psyche of the character slowly emerges. The ultimate goal of my work is to create honest depictions of the human quest toward self-revelation and a contemporary identity.  And, just as we look to our past as a springboard toward a personal vision of the future, I seamlessly combine discarded relics with my porcelain figures to help tell a story.  The mixed media not only creates an intriguing dialogue of materials but also informs the viewer of the scope of the figure’s journey within each narrative. 

Expressing The Story
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