Maura Wright creates exuberant ceramics that combine and dissect the decorative in all forms. Her terracotta forms, inspired by historic vessels, are exaggerated by bulges, or flattened to silhouette, topped with fruited forms, or decorated with pattern. Each combination of materials and style results in a work with a unique personality. Wright is at home on the shifting ground between the tradition of the past and the indifference of the present. She asks, what is real and what is imitation?
Maura Wright, based in Helena, MT is originally from Columbia, MO. She received a Master of Fine Arts from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2018 and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2013. Residencies include: the International Ceramic Research Center in Skaelskor, Denmark; the International Ceramic Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary; Red Star Studios in Kansas City, MO; The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT; and Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, MT. She is currently the Gallery Program Manager at the Archie Bray Foundation.