I began working with clay in 1997.
Being a maker in the ceramic field offers me the space to create both functional and sculptural work. Moving between these allows me to shift my mindset between methodical and explorative, which lends to a dynamic studio practice.
Handcrafted Ceramics by Carly Gibran
I am a slow walker. I amble along the shore at the beach, I wander through our neighborhood. As I stroll, I pick up sticks, shells, and rocks. I take pictures of what I can't carry. In the garden, there are endless sources of interest. Unopened flower buds, seed pods, and tiny fungi pull my attention. I am looking for textures and relationships between forms.
Piles of sketchbooks are revisited and old concepts are reworked. I enjoy this slow method of developing new work because I am able to blend ideas from my early years in clay with the new. This helps me to continue to move forward without losing my thread.
My work can be found at the beautiful gallery Arts on Douglas in New Smyrna Beach.
If you want to try working with clay, I teach classes at Jane's Art Center in New Smyrna Beach.
My work is created using a mid range porcelain. I love the texture, brightness, and translucency of the material. I also love how it challenges me to be a better craftsman as I work to accentuate its translucent qualities.
My process doesn't begin with clay. Instead, I start by creating a linoleum cut with a repeating pattern or texture. Each piece is 12" x 18" and can take between 15 and 40 hours to complete, depending on the complexity of the pattern. The lino cuts then are used in my studio to add texture to thin slabs of clay.
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Aug 26, 2019 | The West Volusia Beacon
DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts announces its featured artist: Carly Gibran
The DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts proudly announces that its featured artist for 2019 is DeLand resident ceramist Carly Gibran. Her work will be featured on the festival poster and T-shirts.
Aug 11, 2019 | News Journal Daytona Beach
Gibran named festival’s featured artist
The DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts recently announced Carly Gibran, DeLand ceramist, as the featured artist for 2019. Her work was featured on the festival poster and T-shirts, and the unveiling of the official artwork will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Athens Theatre.
Nov 13. 2018 | News Journal Daytona Beach
Creativity arrives with DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts
Carly Gibran’s inspiration comes from barnacles, broken shells, and sometimes, a downed limb in her back yard. She creates ceramic variations of those natural forms that come together in the sculptural pieces she makes in her DeLand studio along with more practical objects like mugs and serving bowls.