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Kelly Garrett Rathbone, 2009-2010 Matsutani Fellow

Kelly RathboneKelly Garret Rathbone was born in Singapore to American parents. She grew up living all over the world and now calls Texas home. Kelly has studied at Parsons School of Design in New York, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and The Florence Academy of Art in Italy.

She was the 2008 Howard Kottler Scholarship recipient for a winter residency at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine and most recently is the 2009–2010 Bray Matsutani Fellow.

Her work bridges processes in both ceramics and glass.

“My sculptures are surreal documentations of my life, thoughts, and feelings. They make up my personal "cabinet of curiosities."

I choose to explore the power of religion and the parallels between its iconography; the ultimate, inevitable death of life on earth; the emotions that evolve from the relationships we establish and develop throughout our lives; "beauty" and the dominant view of idealism that transcends cultures.”

Compassion of Lucretia, 2009
unfired terra cotta, sculpted glass
19.5" x 13.5"

The Journey's Weight (detail), 2009
terra cotta, glaze
25.5" x 11.5"

Confessa (detail), 2008
earthenware, sculpted glass

Madonna with Glass Arms, 2009
terra cotta, sculpted glass, luster
26" x 12"