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Montana ceramic artists and Red Lodge Clay Center residents Crista Ann Ames and Kelsey Bowen will be on the Bismarck State College campus to share their journey as artists, creative processes and conceptual development.

The public is invited to attend informal conversations with the artists while they work on their sculptures in BSC's LEA Hall 221 from 8 to 9:50 a.m. and 1 to 3:50 p.m. Monday and from 9 to 11:50 a.m., 1 to 3:50 p.m. and 5:20 to 8:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Ames is a sculptor working primarily in ceramics, wood and textiles. Through the layering of mythology, iconography and personal narrative, she explores how people's animal nature relates to the ways they establish and sustain personal relationships.

“I draw on my own experiences to explore pastoral life, animal husbandry, women’s craft and fertility,” Ames said. “In bridging the gap between myth and experience, I utilize my artistic practice to create altogether new stories that tell contemporary tales of trauma, joy and womanhood.”

Raised on a small hobby farm in Washington, Ames has been an artist in residence at A.I.R. Valluaris in France, Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Center in Denmark, the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Mont., and The Clay Studio of Missoula.

Bowen spent her childhood in the rural California foothills, growing a strong root system of inspiration in animals and nature. She is a recent graduate of the California College of the Arts Ceramics Program. She has participated in various exhibitions with her work, including the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Arts in Davis, the American Museum of Ceramic Arts in Los Angeles and her BFA solo exhibition in Oakland, Calif.

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