cleary bio

Naomi Cleary

Guest Artist - Past

Residence Time: October 2015

Country of Origin: United States

Dishes hold the potential for human connection through their tactile nature. Most of us have associations and memories connected to dishes. We look at dishes and can easily imagine using them. They live in our physical space, in our kitchen cabinets, are used every day. They have a relationship to our bodies. We pick them up and even touch them to our mouths. Dishes speak of history and lineage, passed down from mother to daughter, connected to family dinners, celebrations and sharing. They are a reminder of the warmth and comfort found in domestic spaces.


I received a BFA from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA in 2002 and an MFA in 2007 from The Ohio State University, Columbus OH, returning to Philadelphia in early 2008 to continue my studio practice. I have taught hand building and throwing to children and adults in classroom and workshop settings. Currently I am the Associate Director of Retail and Marketing at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. My studio is in the home I share with my partner Daniel Ricardo Teran in the Brewerytown section of Philadelphia and am a founding member of the Brewerytown Ceramics Collective.

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