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DAVIS-WOODARD, CHARITY
DAVIS-WOODARD, CHARITY
ILLINOIS
As a maker of useful objects I am always in search of a new way to combine feeling and idea into form. Inspiration springs from my belief that pottery has the potential to function as expressive art each time it performs with the user, thereby engaging us in a highly personal and primal way. Even at rest the reference to use embodied in the pots’ familiar form reminds us of the place it holds in our domestic landscape, and thereby grounds us however unconsciously in that same setting. In this inherently self-referential way pottery has the ability to bring us back home, to help us re-connect to an environment that holds meaning and comfort. It can remind us of our need as social beings to celebrate common experience with objects that stimulate our memories and all our senses.

My aesthetic development is deeply rooted in my family’s rustic contemporary home in the woods where I grew up. Constructed of wood, glass and brick, the home was filled with primitive antique furniture, old tools, crockery, stringed musical instruments, an eclectic mix of china, pewter and glassware, and shelves overflowing with books. The rough and refined elements of the house and its contents combined into a simmering stew of influences which now filters down into my work, in both strong and subtle ways. I now live in another rustic contemporary home in the woods, and remain inspired by the natural environment as well as by architecture and other historical and contemporary material culture.

As a second career, I have been making pots consistently for about 16 years. I am inclined to make pieces that are scaled for table or kitchen use, as those are the pots most likely to become or an active part of the daily household. Bowls, lidded containers, drinking vessels, vases, and a number of different pouring pots comprise the majority of my output. I am drawn to the details of life, and this fascination shows up in my pots.

My primary materials are porcelain clay, kaolin slips and a small number of glazes, and I fire my wood-burning kiln approximately 6 times a year. The pots are primarily wheel-thrown, frequently altered out of round, with hand-built additions. I approach each piece individually and try to explore its potential as an expressive object. Details added to the surface through “punctuations” of bits of clay, incising, slip trailing, and other mark-making techniques both decorate and personalize the pot. Wood-firing tempers my tendency toward refinement and contributes richness and variation to the surface that continually surprises and delights me.

EDUCATION
1997
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Master of Fine Arts, Ceramics
1980
Indiana University, Bloomington. Master of Library Science
1978
Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. Bachelor of Arts

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
- Full-time studio artist, Edwardsville, Illinois (1999-Present)
- Panel member: Women Woodfirers, International Wood Fire Conference, Flagstaff, Arizona (2006)
The Art of Making, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, Illinois (2008)
Framing Your Life as an Artist, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, Illinois (2009)
Workshop Instructor and Visiting Artist:
2012
- Ceramics Department, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
2011
Functional Ceramic Workshops, Wooster, Ohio
Three Way Conversation, Krueger Pottery, Webster Grove, Missouri
Pouring Possibilities, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2010
Shakerag Summer Workshops, St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, Sewanee, Tennessee
Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah
2009
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
St. Charles Community College, Cottleville, Missouri
Sculptors Workshop, Edmonds, Washington
2008
Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, Colorado
Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Missouri
Meramec Community College, Kirkwood, Missouri
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois
- Ceramics Instructor: Edwardsville Arts Center (2003); Forest Park Community College, St. Louis, Missouri (2001, 1998); Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Missouri (1997-98); Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (1997)
- Curatorial Experience: Kicking Ash: Women Potters Who Wood-fire, Red Star Studios, Kansas City Missouri, (2008);
90 Teapots That Pour, Xen Gallery, St. Louis Missouri (2007, co-curator)
Regional Ceramics Invitational, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton Illinois (2005, 2007, 2009, co-curator)

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2012
The Cup, Robert Wright Gallery, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois
Eight Fluid Ounces, Glassell Gallery, Shaw Center for the Arts, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Hot Tea, Craft Alliance, Saint Louis
Atmospheric, Sara Spurgeon Gallery, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington
Yunomi Invitational, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
Regional Wood-fire Invitational, Leeds Gallery, Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana
2011
A Three-Way Conversation, Bonsack Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York
Teapots: An Invitational, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois
Yunomi Invitational, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
La Mesa Invitational, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Connections and Beyond, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana
Pairings, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, Colorado
Summer Workshop Instructors Exhibition, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Feat of Clay, PHD Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
30 x 5 Invitational, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
For Tea, Dubhe Carreno Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Cup: The Intimate Object VII, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, Florida
2010
30 x 5 Invitational, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
Consonance: New Work by Charity Davis-Woodard and Gwendolyn Yoppolo, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
5 + 5, Trax Gallery, Berkeley, California
Art of the Pot Invitational, Austin Texas
Shino Redux, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York
Yunomi Invitational, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
La Mesa, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (hosted by Santa Fe Clay)
Faculty Exhibition, Shakerag Workshops, St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, Sewanee, Tennessee
American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Illinois Clay 2010: No “S” in Illinois, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, Illinois
Liquid Measure, Main Street Gallery, Edwardsville, Illinois
La Mesa Invitational, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2009
The Infinite Teapot, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa
Functional Ceramics, The Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, Ohio
Made in Clay, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, New York
Dallas Pottery Invitational, Janette Kennedy Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Small Favors IV, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
La Mesa Invitational, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, held in the Wyndham Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona
Spoon It, Fork It, Cut It Up, Baltimore Clay Works, Baltimore, Maryland
Summer Faculty Show, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Invitational Exhibition of Ceramics and Prints, Saint Francis University, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Ahead of the Need: A Benefit for the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, Schaller Gallery, Red Lodge, Montana
Cups, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Adorned, Meredith Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
2008
Invitational Pottery Show, Art School at Old Church, Demarest, New Jersey
Common Ground: Contemporary Illinois Ceramics, Art Museum, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
Bottles Invitational, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, Kansas
ARTEAST Studio Tour, Edwardsville, Illinois
Inspired Hands, The Ethical Society of St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
Charity Davis-Woodard and Ted Neal: New Work, Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art,
College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois
First Annual Lillstreet International: Functional Porcelain, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, Illinois
Exhibition Artists, Ann Arbor Art Fair the Original, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Cups Invitational, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Missouri
Sip, Slurp, Gulp: Cup Invitational, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico (exhibition held during NCECA in Pittsburgh)
The Greatest Show on Earth, Three Rivers Arts Festival Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Women with Wood, Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh History Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Kicking Ash: Women Potters Who Woodfire, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Missouri
Two for the Table (Mary Barringer and Charity Davis-Woodard), Andrews Gallery, Williamsburg, Virginia
2007
Invitational Pottery Show, Art School at Old Church, Demarest, New Jersey
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
30X5 Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
Hand Held Drinking Vessels, Main Street Gallery, Edwardsville, Illinois
ARTEAST Invitational, Edwardsville Arts Center, Edwardsville, Illinois
Intimate Vessels: Cups, Tumblers and Teabowls, Jenison-Meacham Art Center, Belmond, Iowa
New Work from the Wood Kiln (solo show), Forest Park Community College Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
Bourbon and Whiskey: A Welcome Inspiration, Mellwood Arts Center, Louisville, Kentucky
Friends of Friends, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas
From the Earth, University of Kentucky Museum of Art, Lexington
Plates and Platters, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Woodfire Invitational, Blue Dome Gallery, Silver City, New Mexico

GALLERY AFFILIATIONS:
AKAR (Iowa City, Iowa)
Schaller Gallery, Red Lodge, Montana

SELECTED RETAIL EVENTS;
American Craft Council Shows-2004 (Baltimore, Maryland; St. Paul, Minnesota)
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original (Ann Arbor, Michigan); St. Louis Art Fair (St. Louis, Missouri);
ARTEAST: Annual Madison County (IL) Studio Tour; Inspired Hands: Annual Show of Fine Craft (St. Louis, Missouri)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
2012
Pottery Making Illustrated, "Pitcher Profiles", vol. 15 no. 2, Mar/Apr 2012, p. 48
2011
Badenhorst, Antoinette. "Teapots: an Invitational", Ceramics Monthly, p. 55, October 2011
2010
Charity Davis-Woodard, in Focus: Working Potters, Ceramics Monthly, pp.5, 38-39 (Ju/Jl/Au)
500 Vases, Lark Books, New York, New York
2008
Charity Davis-Woodard, Ceramics Monthly (November, “Upfront” section)
2006
Charity Davis-Woodard, Ceramics Monthly (December, “Upfront” section)
2006
500 Pitchers, Lark Books, New York, New York
2005
“Differences within Functionality,” Ceramics Monthly, vol 53, no. 7, September, p. 20.
2003
The Studio Potter, vol. 31 no. 2, Goffstown, New Hampshire, p. 67.
2001
Hluch, K. The Art of Contemporary American Pottery, Krauss Publications, Iola, Wisconsin. Pp. 44, 53, 141, 147.
“Charity Davis-Woodard,” Ceramics Monthly, vol. 49, no.9, November, p. 14.
1998
“Put a Lid on It”, Ceramics Monthly (November); “Women Who Fire with Wood,” Ceramics Monthly (October)