Chelsea Mae is a sculptor of textural, organic forms. Working in ceramics was the obvious choice, raised as a nature lover playing on the clay shores of Arizona’s lakes.
She pays homage to natures intricacies, sculpting earth and minerals, often with the addition of materials varying from beach sand to fabric, then transforming them by fire.
Building upon the creativity passed down through generations of women in her family, she became a creative entrepreneur. As a teenager, (residing in Southern California) she began selling her photographic greeting cards to Laguna Beach shops as well as exhibiting her photography in local cafes and apprenticing with portrait artist Sharon Kay, then went on to crafting sculptural costumes for individual collectors and Dream Circus Theater.
She found her passion for sculpture while apprenticing in large scale bronze sculpture installations with Terry Thornsley of Laguna Beach. Entrenched in the local art scene she has curated mixed-media shows, and exhibited Ceramic Sculptures in galleries including Ethos Contemporary Art, Newport Beach, Philharmonic House of Design,the Victor F. Keen gallery, Las Vegas, and in Four Eyes Art Collective Exhibitions in Los Angeles and Newport Beach.
The goal of her current work is to “capture the intricate flow, texture, and energies of nature filtered through human hands.” Her collectors include businesses, museum gardens, and private residences internationally.
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
Overlapping gills of a fish, a forest mushroom, lacy coral and circular rings on a slice of wood... the connections are endlessly surprising. I interpret these patterns by capturing their energy using materials from nature. I let gravity, water and fire have it's way with the forms. I don't try to control the material or strive for perfect lines. Capturing the gentle curve of a tree, or the texture of an invertebrate sea creature and transforming it into stone is what keeps me excited about creating with clay.
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