Kyla Toomey

Kyla at work

Kyla received her BFA in ceramics from Alfred University and her MFA in ceramics from The Ohio State University. She has been awarded artist residencies at a number of clay programs and has teaching experience at every level from college to children’s clay camps. Most recently, Kyla was an Adjunct Professor and Artist in Residence at Kansas State University. She has exhibited her work extensively since 2004.

“Making pots is about production and interaction. The repetitive actions of making, the stacks that form and grow in the studio, seeing the way bowls nest within each other, chattering up the grouping, picking up one plate to reveal the one beneath, and the feeling of accomplishment that accompanies the piles. I love the size of pots, the accessibility of the objects and the interaction it invites. I invest so much of myself interacting with the surface pushing, pulling, and carefully forcing movement of the material, that this effort seems futile to me if the objects cannot be physically engaged.”