Maura Wright (b. 1991, United States) lives and works in Helena, Montana. She earned her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2018 and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2013. She has held resi- dencies at several institutions in the US as well as the International Ceramics Stu- dio in Kecskemet, Hungary and Guldagergaard, International Ceramic Research Center in Skaelskor, Denmark. Most recently, she was a long-term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation from 2022-2024.
Primarily working in earthenware, Wright’s coil-built vessels pay homage to his- torical influences ranging from French Rococo porcelain to Italian fresco painting to American folk art. Bold and colorful patterns are paired with a reverence for romantic classical forms. The resulting pastiche embraces the expressive capa- bilities of clay. Repetitive perfection achieved in traditional ornament is replaced with a decadent facade that highlights the process of the handmade and the im- propriety and insouciance of contemporary culture.
While her formal studies were focused in ceramics, Wright’s practice has expan- ded to include large-scale installations of painted paper and wood depicting the domestic interior.
Exhibited at Design Miami/ 2023
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