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Karen Faulk

Clay / Pineville, LA

Artist Statement

I am fascinated by the limits to which the clay can be taken- with the ability to make an interesting tangible, useable object out of a cold lifeless lump of clay. Clay allows me to step back in time, when I was young and enjoyed the many beautiful flowers and trees that my grandmother and mother grew. Although I am not blessed with such a green thumb, I am now able to create items that remind me of these beautiful pieces of nature and a much simpler time.

I enjoy carving on my pots; to create movement, to decorate and to enhance the glaze. Movement is also created by my altering the bottom of the pots, usually creating the appearance of feet or the cradling of leaf formations.

In May 2008, I had the good fortune to add a pottery studio to my home. I look forward to experimenting and creating pieces that come from the heart.

Biography

Karen Faulk was born and raised in Alexandria Louisiana. She graduated from Louisiana State University in 1978 with a B.S. in Accounting, then moved to Natchitoches Louisiana where she provided accounting services, opened a ladies’ clothing store, and became a mother of two.

A desire to let her children enjoy their grandparents, lead Karen back to Alexandria. Karen’s interest in art began when her youngest child left for college in 2001. She began taking art classes at River Oaks Art Center in downtown Alexandria, workshops in Santa Fe and continues to take ceramic classes at Louisiana College. Other crafts that she enjoys are photography, collage art and crocheting.

Art opened up a whole new world for Karen. She enjoys working with her husband, Tommy Faulk, a watercolor artist. Passionate about promoting artists in the community, she has served as a River Oaks board member, assistant treasurer of the Arts Council of Central Louisiana, and past treasurer and newsletter writer of the Contemporary Artists Guild.

Her pottery pieces are available at the Sans Souci Crafts Gallery in Lafayette, Alexandria Museum of Art, Louisiana Pottery in Sorrento LA, and her personal home studio.