Audrey Long was born and lived in Detroit, Michigan until a 2016 move to Astoria. She started playing in the dirt at an early age and never gave it up. She received her BFA in Craft/Ceramics at the College for Creative Studies in 2008 and joined the production vessel making team at historic Pewabic Pottery. Audrey began exploring the technical aspects of ceramics further and took a more active role instructing. She has managed several ceramic programs, overseen the opening and funding of a gallery, & taught a variety of classes, along with managing her own studio practice. Audrey has shown both sculptural as well as functional work throughout the United States, but primarily through the midwest region. Although a ceramicist, she enjoys incorporating her design background with other media investigations. Currently, Audrey’s work has been increasingly focused on sculptural objects for everyday use.
I have an aversion to mass-produced goods used in intimate interactions. I strive to bring forth tranquility through minimalist design, while retaining a sense of playfulness with palette and quality of marking. Creating circumstances with forms which recollect and respond intuitively to the sincerity of a moment, I am intentionally initiating textural communication with one’s self. Each piece becomes a presentation of the aesthetic potential of the objects which commonly populate our lives. Functional ceramics are a way I communicate to others, to those who invite these objects into their homes, and incorporate them in their routines. Mindful of traditional methods, utilizing fit, texture and color, I focus on the complete form as a stand-alone object. In giving you a handmade vessel from which to sip, I seek to bring a realization that we are not meant to be disconnected from objects we use everyday.