My art is about connection with nature and my imaginary world. I enjoy taking earthly materials (such as clay, fire, and water) and transforming them into something of use and beauty. I do a combination of wheel throwing and hand building. What I produce can be non-functional such as Raku, Saggar, and Obvara vessels/sculptures or they may be functional such as stoneware ceramics. I am particularly drawn to the spontaneity and unpredictability of alternative ceramic firing methods which can incorporate fire, water, and fumes to achieve completely unique ceramic effects. Moreover, I am very drawn to neolithic pottery of the Late Stone Age and Early Agricultural Age which influences some of my work. From time to time, I take a modern twist on alternative ceramic firing methods such as using spray paint to enhance the dramatic effects of saggar firing. My stoneware pottery is usually heavily textured. These textures are made with stamps or texture wheels that I have made. It is my hope that people who purchase my ceramics find something that brings them joy and enhances their living spaces.
Originally from southwest, Charlotte Driver is a ceramicist/potter, acrylic painter, printmaker, and ink artist. She considers herself more of an art nomad as she likes to experiment with many forms of art and mediums. Also, she doesn’t have a conventional art education but received a BS in Physics and Energy Science from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She has two master’s degrees, one in Acquisition and Procurement and the other in Human Behavior. Her career was spent in the Military and Department of Defense. Currently, she is an active member of the Sandia Heights Artists in Albuquerque, New Mexico and she has participated in their annual Art tour since 2020. As a member of the Sandia Heights Artists, she has participated in two group displays at the Albuquerque International Sunport in 2022 and 2023.