Distinguished Arts Leadership Award
To be created by Kit Cornell, Exeter
Kit Cornell is a professional potter who makes functional pieces in both stoneware and porcelain from clay that she finds near her studio in Exeter. Her work has been shown both in the United States and abroad. Her forms are simple but her glazes are complex and result from the study of many cultures and traditions. She has traveled to England and France to visit potters and learn techniques that have helped her fine tune her craft.
Cornell is interested in using local resources, exploring clay as historical record, and ensuring the relevance of art in daily life. Committed to art education in general, and clay education in particular, she is often found sharing her studio with apprentices and students, teaching in far corners of the state, and presenting at workshops and conferences. She believes that “imaginations may be kindled, respect for the planet strengthened, processes taught, and skills that are relevant to many areas of life may be acquired by working in clay.”
Cornell has worked closely with the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, New Hampshire Potters Guild, Exeter Art Association, and the Seacoast Growers Association's Portsmouth Farmer's Market. Currently she serves on the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts’ Arts Education advisory committee and the Currier Museum's advisory council. Cornell has been a member of the NH Artist Roster of the State Arts Council for many years.
Top Photo: Drika Overton (left) and Kit Cornell (right)