Kala Stein

My work incorporates environmental themes that illustrate the fragility, power, and impermanence of the natural world. Referencing scientific imagery, data, and my personal experiences, I interpret the forces of nature through ceramic sculpture and wall installations. The medium of ceramics is a way to preserve information through the forming and firing process. I consider firing clay as an act of fossilization, creating a permanent record, perhaps an artifact or a memorial, of the ephemeral and the ethereal. Through these artifacts, I explore how we experience and relate to our environment and the climate crisis. By working at the intersection of art, design, craft, history, technology, and environmentalism, I hope that my work reflects the present, is an homage to our past, and expresses optimism for our future.