Asia Mathis's hand built ceramic sculptures are beautiful, thoughtful, and emotionally satisfying.
I hand build my ceramic sculpture from stoneware clay, and use engobes, underglazes, stains, and glazes for my surfaces, which I build up over the course of 3-4 firings. My work centers around the human search for authenticity, and belonging. The question of modern identity, or where we are truly at home when much of our ancestral culture may have dissolved, been actively destroyed, or is one in which we do not wish to be a part. The same holds true for the environment, and the modern problem of being disconnected from the land, as well as wild creatures, which can create a kind of 'hole' in our identity. My work reflects my personal experiences around these issues.
I hold a BFA in ceramics from Middle Tennessee State University, 1999.
I have participated in many fine arts fairs around the country, and Nashville area gallery shows. I took several years off to be with my children full time, but am now back at work, continuing my education in clay and life.
2020- Invited by Epperson Gallery in Crockett. CA, to be part of their "What Lies Beneath" show, juried by Lisa CLague, Feb. 2020
Invited by Clay Center of New Orleans to be part of their "Identity" show, juried by Raven Halfmoon, Sept. 2020 Invited by K. Space Contemporary in Corpus Christi, TX to be part of the "Third Coast Biennial" juried by Rigoberto Luna, Sept. 2020
Invited to be part of Southern Miss Ceramic National at The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art, juried by Richard Notkin, Nov. 2020
Invited by Limner Gallery, Hudson ,NY, and Direct Art Magazine, to be part of "A Show of Heads", Nov. 2020
2021- Invited by Clay Center of New Orleans to be part of their show, "Clay: A Southern Concensus", juried by Ariel Bowman, Jan. 2021