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Carol Sils

“Having spent four glorious years at school in southern Indiana, my love of the woods and the changing of the seasons began - new discoveries at each turn of the path. I continue my “walk through the woods”, which for me has become a metaphor for the evolution of creative concepts - exploration, discovery and renewal. This creative process continues to be one of joy.”

The metamorphosis of a lump of clay into infinite, controlled forms has held Carol’s fascination for more than three decades.  Her collaboration with this plastic medium has disclosed those myriad of influential elements of design, color, form and philosophy, which issue forth during the making process, while the impact of nature and of historical art on her aesthetic choices is revealed through an ever evolving body of work.

The elegant ceramic forms developed by Chinese potters of the Song Dynasty had a significant influence on her earliest reduction-fired porcelain vessels.   Her low-fired sculpted stoneware forms have been inspired by Chinese court figures, charming netsuke and literary characters.  Collaboration with Al Sils,  wood turner, has produced a more recent body of mixed-media sculptures that include clay, wood, plexi and precious metals of gold, silver, and copper.

Carol Sils - Coy Mistrust
Coy Mistrust
approx. 15" h x 6" w

Her work has been featured in these publications:

  • Ceramics Today, Schiffer Publishing, Jeffrey B. Snyder, Editor, 2010
  • Wood Art Today, Schiffer Publishing, Jeffrey B. Snyder, Editor, 2010
  • Teapots: Makers & Collectors, Schiffer Publishing, Dona Z. Meilach, author, 2005
  • Celebrating Nature, Craft Traditions / Contemporary Expressions, Craft and Folk Art Museum, LA, 2004
  • Ceramic Monthly, Clay and Wood in California, Kevin Wallace, 2002 


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