Carla Potter

Carla Potter spent most of her life in Alaska. For 15 years she presented

workshops in the public school system there. She has been a teacher

and presenter in many collaborative projects with institutions such as

the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Sheldon Art Museum. In 2005

she started a long-term residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in

Helena—an experience that inspired her to go on to the University of

Nebraska, Lincoln to earn her MFA.


Working from her studio in Helena, Potter uses hand-building

techniques primarily with porcelain. Her artwork has taken a dramatic

shift from the exuberant colorful sculptures inspired by her Alaskan

environment. Her focus now is on making delicate unglazed porcelain

vessels and figurines that weave together her own personal narrative

and her experiences with nature, Catholicism and the history of

European art. Since her time at the Bray she has pursued a national

audience and has been part of many exhibitions across the country.