Artist Statement

Elizabeth Copland creates narrative ceramic sculptures, inspired from stories of her own life, growing up in the Pacific Northwest, and her relationships. In her most recent body of work, she explores the concept of keepsakes in the form of ceramic boxes. These are vessels that contain, commemorate,  and celebrate memories. This body of work was inspired by 14th century reliquary boxes, as well as her childhood collection of decorated boxes, where she stored found treasures, secret messages, and saved drawings. 

Elizabeth is drawn to the transformative nature of ceramics. In its raw, wet state, it gives fully, capturing fingerprints and leaving behind human imperfections. While in its fired state, it is transformed into a hardened, permanent object. She approaches building with clay cognizant of the truth that clay was here before us and will outlast us all. It is a privilege to tell stories through this medium.

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