Jennifer Stas, Potter
It has always been my philosophy that the objects we use everyday do not have to be ordinary just because they serve an ordinary purpose. The fundamental goal of my work is simple: a marriage between aesthetics and function, brought about through distinctive use of color and form.
Starting with a practical and useful form, as I work my pot evolves in volume and texture and becomes a functional palette for layers of colorants and carving. Each stage of the process is a challenge – I often return to the same piece over and over in pursuit of the right balance of function, form and embellishment.
I find all the inspiration I need in the endless imagery of the mountains and coasts of North Carolina, which I try to reflect in my pottery through vibrant colors against the earthy brown of the clay and the contrast of mattes and velvets against shiny and hard surfaces.
Jennifer Garulski Stas is a North Carolina potter living in Wake Forest. A 1994 graduate of Appalachian State University, she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in ceramics, with concentrations in sculpture and fibers.
Jennifer lived and worked in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains near Boone until 2002, when she relocated to the Triangle area. Now dedicating herself full-time to her pottery, her work is displayed in many galleries across North Carolina.
In January of 2008, she accepted an invitation to move her studio from her home to Cedar Creek Gallery in Creedmoor, NC. As their newest resident artist, she continues her full time pursuit of the creation of functional and decorative pieces. Jennifer can also be found making pots at the Pullen Arts Center in Raleigh, where she is an instructor offering classes in the handbuilding studio.