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Kari Woolsey is originally from South Florida. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2011, with a BFA in ceramics. In 2015, she completed a year long Post Baccalaureate program in ceramics at the University of Florida. She received an MFA in ceramics at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2018. Kari’s work focuses on the everydayness of objects and vessels around us through making functional pottery, as well as, larger installations. She was Clay Arts Vegas’ summer resident artist in 2017 and an Artist-in-Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in 2018 - 2019. In 2019, Kari spent the summer at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts as the Salad Days Artist-in-Residence, making 550 plates for their 2020 Salad Days fundraising event. She also was an Artist-In-Residence at New Harmony Clay Project in New Harmony, Indiana in 2019 - 2020. Her interests are divided between researching to maintain an active studio practice, time spent making in various materials, such as clay, paper, wire, and fabric, as well as, teaching community based ceramics classes. Currently, Kari is living southern Illinois, where she works as the Assistant Director of Programs at Artspace 304. She is also a Visiting Artist at the ceramics department at Southern Illinois University.

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