Art Medium: ceramics
Constance McBride creates ceramic figures to punctuate the complexity of the human drama. Her sculptures explore difficult issues related to aging and mortality. Her primary medium is clay. Inspired by landscape and the natural world, her work is most recently characterized by her use of dry surface treatments and her sculpting method to create contorted forms rather than images of perfection. A native of Philadelphia, PA, McBride relocated from the East Coast to the Southwest in 2002 and resides in Phoenix, Arizona. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. Her work is featured in the international platform Ceramics Now and the publication Paperclay Art and Practice by Rosette Gault. Most recently, her work was displayed in the inaugural ClayHouston Biennial in TX and in the Clay Studio National in PA. Notably McBride has exhibited her work at Udinotti Museum of Figurative Art in AZ, San Angelo Museum of Art in TX and in “Beyond The Brickyard”, an international exhibition held each year at Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts in MT. In 2015, Phoenix New Times named her solo exhibition “Place out of Time” one of the 10 best art shows in the Phoenix Metro Area. In 2016, McBride received an Emerging Artist Grant from Contemporary Forum; a support organization for the Phoenix Art Museum.