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Liz Kohler Brown
BFA Studio Art with concentration in Clay, 2009

Life as a studio artist won't be easy for Liz Kohler Brown and she's doing everything she can to ensure her own success. A 2009 graduate with a concentration in clay, Liz kicked off her artistic career when work from her senior show was purchased for the Appalachian Artist Collection. She then moved to Asheville, NC to complete a summer residency program at Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts.

Liz says that "going from undergraduate school to working as a full-time studio artist is extremely difficult." She's prepared, though. Her studio practice expanded here and opened doors in her career. Her instructors at Appalachian exposed her to "a wide range of possibilities in ceramic art," she says, and continued to help her find opportunities after graduation.

The inspiration for her work comes from her affinity for nature and its reproductive processes.

"As a child, I spent most of my time outdoors. Later in college, I relied on my walks outdoors to keep me de-stressed! Now that I am married and approaching the time when I want to start a family, the beauty of plant reproduction inspired me to look deeper into these processes. Though the pieces here are not accurately representing a specific seed pod or plant, they reference the annual process of propagation and reproduction."

Currently enrolled in East Carolina University's MFA program, Liz plans to work full-time as a studio artist and possibly supplement her income with teaching positions. You can see some of her current work at her website,

September 2011

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