Karen Hamilton

I am a full time Studio Potter and an Adjunct Professor at Collin College. I live on Lake Lavon in Princeton, Texas with my dog Chloe. When I decided to change my degree from graphic design to ceramics, I took my xacto knife, detail-oriented nature, and never looked back. I immediately fell in love with clay, the endless possibilities, and the self-expression it allowed. I earned my BFA in 2006 and MFA in 2010 from the University of North Texas. From 2010 – 2013 I served as the Ceramics Lab Technician at UNT. I have also taught ceramics at UNT, Grayson College, and the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock. My current work involves designing geometric and organic patterns with hand painted, raised dots that dance around surfaces of my pots. My vessels are wheel thrown, constructed with soft slabs, and fired to cone 6 in an electric kiln. I approach each piece gently and sincerely, and each unique piece evolves from the one made before it. I enjoy exploring new forms, designs, surface techniques, color palettes and clay bodies. That approach keeps me excited and constantly evolving. I strive to create inviting, functional forms, with a simple design, and a sense of balance. My goal is to produce pottery that evokes moments of joy and comfort to friends and families during everyday activities and special occasions.