Artists

Carol Gouthro

My work is rooted in historical ceramic vessel traditions, informed by contemporary art and design and inspired by botanical and natural forms. For the past fifteen years the vessel forms in my ceramic work have slowly been evolving into sculptural, hybrid organic, biomorphic forms. After buying a house and creating a garden in the mid 90’s I began to collect plants. Over time this became an obsession for me and I started bringing plants into my studio and looking more closely at them, examining and dissecting them. I began studying historical botanical drawings, close up photography of plants, and cross section scientific renderings of plant and animal life forms. I have always been drawn to ornament, embellishment, color, pattern, and texture and recently have become more involved with the details, the close ups, the abstract, the peering into. My interest in detail, layers and encrustations has been heightened by repeated travels to India and China with visits to elaborately carved, pierced and painted temples, ruins, and architecture. I am fascinated by the complexity, diversity, beauty and danger of the natural world and this leads to thoughts about growth, nourishment, attraction, and survival. After many years of closely observing and collecting plants and constructing vessel forms that transformed into plant forms, I began inventing my own hybrid flower/animal species using botanical nomenclature as my departure point. This is the basis of my latest work, the Gouthroii series.

Aurlia gouthroii Flammeus
Terracotta
25 by 14 by 14 inches
$7,500

Detail of Aurlia gouthroii Flammeus



Aurlia gouthroii: Resupinus
Terracotta
15 by 21 by 15 inches
$5,500

AAurlia gouthroii Fecund
Terracotta
20 by 8 by 9 inches
$3,500

Ripe #6
Terracotta
11 by 5 by 5 inches
$900

Papilliioblatta Home
Terracotta
9.5 by 11 by 5 inches
$1,200

Papillioblatta Blossom
Terracotta
9.5 by 11 by 5 inches
$1,200

Papilliioblatta Swarm
Terracotta
9.5 by 11 by 5 inches
$1,200

Aurlia gouthroii: Erodium
Terracotta
24.5 by 14 by 14 inches
$4,500

Aurlia gouthroii: Butterflies
Terracotta
7 by 12 by 7 inches
Sold

Aurlia gouthroii: Raphanus 2
Terracotta
9 by 17 by 9 inches
$3,500

Aurlia gouthroii: Blastula #2
Terracotta
9 by 17 by 9 inches
$2,800

Teapot Aurlia gouthroii: Chromatella
Terracotta
6 by 10 by 5 inches
Sold

Teapot Aurlia gouthroii: Viridis
Terracotta
7 by 13 by 7 inches
$1,800

Aurlia gouthroii: Undulate
Terracotta
24.5 by 14 by 14 inches
Sold

Portal #2 Anthozoai: Enticement
Terracotta
24.5 by 14 by 14 inches
Sold

Hortus Vasa #3
Terracotta
25 by 12 by 11 inches
$3,500