Carter is currently working on her BFA in Ceramics at the University of Oklahoma, where she studies with V'Lou Oliveira, Dan Kiacz, and George Huges. Concerned primarily with handbuilding techniques, Carter works in series, exploring the applications of coils and slabs. Her work is predominantly sculptural, and often humorous, with emphasis on content. Carter has shown her work in the 88th and 89th Annual School of Art Students' Exhibition in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, the 2002 Stairwell Show, and the 2003 Ceramic and Printmaking Show in the School of Art. Recently she co-curated and exhibited in The War Show, a student show for the School of Art's Lightwell Gallery. Currently, Carter is the president of OU's ceramics club the Red Clay Faction, and teaches classes at the Firehouse Art Center in Norman.
Schmierer received her BFA from the University of Oklahoma in 2000 and is working on her MFA at San Francisco State University, due to be completed in May of 2004. She is currently employed at San Francisco State as a ceramic graduate assistan-technician. She is also a teacher's assistant at SF State and taught at The Firehouse Art Center in Norman while attending OU. Schmierer's abstract sculptures reflect upon relationships observed in the environment and popular culture. Some of her investigations include the way space is defined, systems of grouping and patterning, visual excess, and visual perception. She uses collage-like process of layering between two and three dimensions, form and color, construction and arrangement, idea and intuition to complete finished works. Scmierer currently exhibits mostly in California including the National juried show "Feets of Clay" in Lincoln, "Ink and Clay 29" in Pomona, "Terra Forma" in Benicia, "The California Clay Competition" in Davis, and the NCECCA National Juried Student Clay Competition" in San Diego. Schmierer's work was included in the May 2002 Emerging artist article in Ceramics Monthly magazine and was in her "Gallery" section of Clay Times magazine January 2003. Her work is included in various private collections.
Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Elizabeth received her BFA in Art in Art History with a minor in Geology in May 2002 from the University of Oklahoma. Ms. Ruffel began working on her MFA in Ceramics (also at the University of Oklahoma) in August 2002. She has had works in a variety of media shown locally and regionally, most recently at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Art Student Show in 2003. Elizabeth aspires to have her own studio where she can be both a working artist and a teacher. Her primary subject matter is geometric felines and canines.
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