Kelly Berning

Artist Statement:

My work reflects on my life experiences as a woman and as a mother.  My ceramic and steel-legged figures function as catalysts for living vicariously through a child’s innocent eyes. They are directly influenced by a child’s world and the constant worry a mother carries keeping a child safe and raising them to be good respectable people in this perilous society.  My figurative sculptures draw upon the viewers own reflections of their inner child, with its use of bright colors, animal imagery, playful symbols and its whimsical nature.  After closer examination however, one’s innocence is intermittently surrendered from childhood to the world of adult emotions.  I find these areas of mental transition and growth intriguing, and the collaborative interactions of the subconscious and conscious forces to be metaphorical illustrations of our own conversion to individualism. 

About the Artist:

Kelly Berning has been working with clay for over 25 years and is known for her whimsical figurative sculptures.  Kelly received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Ceramics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Ceramics, at California State University, Chico. Between 2001 and 2012, she taught college-level ceramics in Tennessee and Southern California. She currently lives in Florida where she works as a full-time mom and artist. Through the years Kelly’s work has evolved into whimsical figurative sculptures. She has exhibited nationally and has been the recipient of several awards including 1st Place in the ACGA Clay and National Juried Competition and has had various publications including A Ceramic Guide, 500 Figures In Clay, Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times Magazine and Dick Blick Artist's Resources.  Kelly also enjoys creating functional ceramics.

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