Nancy Priest

Nancy Priest Artist Pic

Nancy Priest 1, Saggar Fired Porcelain, 3x5
Saggar Fired Porcelain, 3″x5″

Nancy Priest 2, Saggar Fired Porcelain, 3x5
Saggar Fired Porcelain, 3″x5″

Nancy has been working in the visual arts for over 30 years in one capacity or another. She has been a book, text, and graphic designer by trade, and also has been shooting photography for most of her life. Nancy first took a ceramics course at Ohio State University in the mid-1970s. She has been in love with clay ever since. She studied under Danette English at the Brookline Arts Center in the late 1980s through 1991, utilizing a fellowship. She made production ware for coffee and gift shops in the early 2000s from her home studio in Ipswich. After moving to Beverly in 2013, Nancy currently works at The Studios at Porter Mill in Beverly, MA and is a juried Independent Artist at Harvard Ceramics Program in Allston, MA. She has won awards for photography and ceramics and has shown photography, mixed media, sculpture, conceptual art and ceramics over the course of three decades.

“I have worked in clay on and off for most of my adult life, but have had limitations regarding working space, time, and resources. I love the organic nature of the medium, and the therapy derived from working with clay. In recent years I have enjoyed seeing what I can produce with limited choices, pushing the bounds of simple materials. I work to obtain forms that are appealing to the eye and draw the viewer in: first by shape and second by markings. I have long held an interest in Native American artifacts. My markings tend to be graphic in a spontaneous way, adapting a primitive method of random adornment. My pieces utilize my background in making spatial relationships work (in type), and my interest in graphic and photographic imagery.”

Nancy Priest 3, Saggar Fired Porcelain, 5x6
Saggar Fired Porcelain, 5″x6″