Kirstin Willders is a multi-disciplinary artist working in wheel-thrown ceramics, light, and mixed materials. Her work is concerned with structures, the sacred, the sublime, and the senses. She utilizes canonical architectural structure as an entry point to social structures, personal identity, and proprioceptive experience. Somatic presence and sensory engagement are also integral to her work. With a background in both ceramics and art history, Kirstin’s studio practice is rooted in material and historical research and has been significantly impacted by extended periods of time spent studying in Italy.
Kirstin received a BFA in ceramics and a BA in art history from Kent State University in 2012. She went on to earn an MA in Italian Renaissance Art History from Syracuse University’s graduate program in Renaissance Art in 2017. In 2020, she graduated from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University with an MFA in ceramic art. She was recently named one of 12 recipients of the 2020 Outstanding Student Achievement Award by the International Sculpture Center. Learn more about Kirstin’s work at www.kirstinwillders.com.