Exploring themes of identity and memory, the emphasis of my work is usually placed on issues most experienced by women. This year, I found myself wanting to focus on something a little different; I needed to use a lot more color in my work to cope during quarantine and well frankly, since then too. I'm still working with the figure but I also ventured more into my functional work too and our connection to nature. As a ceramic artist, I'm working with a variety of materials; clay, fiber, metal, wood and glass... all elements of the earth. It's still about the textured layers of life for me; but this year it's with a little more punch. Now through December 25th, 10% from each of my sales will go to Wings for Success, a non-profit in Chester County helping women be independent. Read more here about this dedicated organization: https://wingsforsuccess.org/about/
For years I studied the human form through drawing, but once I began exploring it three-dimensionally with clay, I became hooked. I immediately fell for this tactile medium, used to create things of beauty and function for thousands of years. As I discovered a new way to communicate, my work came alive. Clay soon became the primary focus of my practice, and I continue to be intrigued by it and all its properties. Our relationship with nature and the cycle of life/aging process, rejected by many and specifically linked to failure as it relates to women, are concepts I explore. I hand build my pieces with porcelain and stoneware paper clay and often incorporate bits of nature and other found objects dipped in clay slip, to illuminate a specific narrative.
I grew up in...
My favorite book is...
100 Years of Solitude
The last show I binge watched was...
Money Heist (La Casa De Papel)
My favorite gift I ever received was...
A beach cruiser bike, in mint green, on my 61st birthday.
My favorite meal is...
Fresh seafood on a dock of a bay.
Constance McBride’s work addresses the human condition in relation to nature while putting an emphasis on the issues most experienced by women. It has been supported by grants from Philadelphia Sculptors, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Phoenix Art Museum's Contemporary Forum. Museum exhibitions include Udinotti Museum of Figurative Art and Phoenix Art Museum in AZ, Las Cruces Museum of Art in NM, San Angelo Museum of Art in TX and Biggs Museum of American Art in DE. Notable gallery exhibitions include Craft Forms at Wayne Art Center, The Clay Studio National in Philadelphia, America's ClayFest International in CA and Beyond the Brickyard at Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in MT. Her work is in public collections in Arizona and private collections across the USA. It has received attention from several publications including the international platform Ceramics Now, Yahoo News, Philly Artblog and Schuylkill Valley Journal. Now living and working in Chester Springs, PA, McBride is actively engaged with art communities in the Phila metro area. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Arcadia University, Glenside, PA.