Ceramicist Debra Fritts consecrates the rawness of earth and our deep primal connections with it through her hand-built female forms. "The need to express the female figure has visited cultures from the beginning of time and has continued to appear in my studio," Fritts explains. The rough texture and warm tones of each piece emphasizes its materiality, and reaffirms humanity's physical bond to the clay of the earth; the serene facial expressions and underlying spirituality pull the viewer's mind and soul back to its placement within the collective unconscious.

In the past twelve years Debra Fritts’ sculpture has been included in nearly 100 group exhibitions, held at such respected institutions as the American Craft Museum, the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, the Fayetteville Museum of Art, and the Craft Alliance in St. Louis. Her work has been favorably reviewed in various art and design publications, including American Craft, Ceramics Monthly and Metropolitan Home.

BORN
1953 in Nashville, TN
Lives and works in Georgia

EDUCATION
1995 Graduate Study, Advanced Painting, Printmaking, Ceramic Sculpture, Penland School of Arts and Crafts, Penland, NC and Arrowmont School of Arts, Gatlinburg, TN
1975 Bachelor of Science, Art Education, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2002 “Figurative Ceramic Sculpture,” Bennett Gallery, Knoxville, TN
1998 SOFA, Ferrin Gallery, New York, NY
1997 “Rolling Things and Cheesecake Dreams,” Hanson Gallery, Knoxville, TN
1996 Artist Residency, Hambridge Center, Rabun Gap, GA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2006 “La Mesa”, Santa Fe, NCECA Portland, Or.
-- “Unrestricted”, Florida Craftsmen, St. Petersburg, Fl.
-- “Eartenware”, Santa Fe Clay, Sante Fe, N.M.
-- “Tea Time: The Art of the Teapot”, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Mi.
-- SOFA New York, Ferrin Gallery, New York, N.Y.
-- SOFA Chicago, Gallery 500, Philadelphia, PA
-- “Our Cups Runneth Over”, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, Ma
-- Group Show, Bennett Gallery, Knoxville, TN
-- Group Show, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
-- Solo Show, Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA
-- “The Teapot Exhibition”, University of Miami, Miami, FL

2005 Chase Gallery, Boston, MA
-- Pacini Lubel, Seattle, WA
-- The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-- “La Mes,a” Santa Fe Clay, NCECA, Baltimore, MD
-- “Collection of Mr. Sandy Besser,” The American Center of Wine, Food & the Arts, Napa, CA
-- “The Contemporary Cup,” Lill Street, Chicago, IL
-- “Everybody,” CERF’s 20th Anniversary, SOFA, Chicago, IL
-- “Cups,” Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
-- “American Masters,” Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
-- “No Boundaries Exhibition,” Fayetteville Museum of Art, Fayetteville, NC
-- “Hot Ice Tea,”,Blue Spiral Gallery, Ashville, NC
-- “Summer Faculty Show,” Arrowmont School of Arts, Gatlinburg, TN

2004 The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-- “Little Things Mean a Lot,” Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-- “Our Cups Runneth Over,” Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA
-- “Cup,” University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
-- “Teapots: Object to Subject,” Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO
-- “9/11: Artists Respond,” Durham Western Heritage Museum, Omaha, NE
-- “As I See Myself,” Kentucky Museum of Arts and Design, Louisville, KY
-- “Portraits,” Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA
-- “For the Table,” Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
-- “Extravagant Imagination: Teapots,” Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, NC
-- Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC

2003 “Out of Your Media,” Blue Spiral I, Asheville, NC
-- “Atlanta Biennial,” The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA
-- “Summer Visiting Artists Exhibition,” Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, NC
-- “Hundreds of Cups,” Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
-- “With the Vessel in Mind,” Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space, Washington, DC
-- “Small Sketches II,” Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2002 “13th Anniversary Show,” The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-- “International Infusion: Ceramic Teapots,” Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
-- “The Animal in Art,” The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-- “9-11: Artists Respond,” The American Craft Museum, New York, NY
-- “Figure It Out,” Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
-- “The Body in Clay,” Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO
-- “For the Birds,” Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
-- “Little Things Mean a Lot,” Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-- “NCECA Clay Invitational,” Blue Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2001 “NCECA Clay Invitational,” Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC
-- “Two Person Invitational Exhibition,” Gallery 500, Elkins Park, PA
-- “Cups,” Penland Gallery, Penland, NC
-- “Telling Tales – Contemporary Narrative Teapots,” Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO
-- “Landscape for the Muse,” Blue Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2000 "International Infusion: Ceramic Teapots,” Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
-- "Turning Points in Clay,” Moring Art Center, Asheboro, NC
-- "Handles and Spouts: Teapots by Contemporary Southern Artists,” Swan Coach Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-- "Political Clay," The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
-- "Figurative Ceramics,” Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, NC
-- "Figurative Sculpture,” Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC

1999 SOFA, Ferrin Gallery, New York, NY
-- "Erotic Show," Ferrin Gallery, Northampton, MA
-- "Wood, Metal, Stone, Clay,” Roswell Visual Arts Center, Roswell, GA
-- "Southeastern Clay Invitational,” Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC

1998 "A. Houberbocker 9fh Annual Teapot Show,” The Oconomowoc Gallery, Oconomowoc, WI and Chiaroscuro Gallery, Chicago, IL
-- "Southworks 1998,” Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA
-- "Introductions,” Ferrin Gallery, New York, NY
-- "Georgia Artists,” Georgia Heritage Center for the Arts, Tallulah Falls, GA
-- "Steeped in Tradition,” Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
-- "Imprints and Implications - Messages of Motherhood,” Piedmont Craftsmen, Winston Salem, NC
-- "To Have and To Hold,” Spruill Art Center, Atlanta, GA
-- "Clayworks,” Columbus State University, Columbus, GA
-- SOFA, Ferrin Gallery, Chicago, IL
-- "Women Working in Clay,” Trinity Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1997 "Figure Eight,” Spruill Art Center, Atlanta, GA
-- "Vessel - Southern Expression of an Art Form,” Lenox Square Art Walk,
Atlanta, GA
-- “Eighth Annual Teapot Show,” Chiarusco Gallery, Oconomowoc, WI
-- “Crafts National 31,” Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University,
University Park, PA
-- “Spotlight 97,” Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC
-- Arts Festival of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
-- Piedmont Craftsmen, Winston Salem, NC

1996 “One of a Kind Teapot Show,” Gallery 522, Columbia, NC
-- Potters Guild, Roswell, GA
-- Arts Festival of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
-- Piedmont Craftsmen, Winston Salem, NC
-- “The Show 1,” Trinity Arts Group, Atlanta, GA
-- “Contemporary Teapots by Southern Artists,” Lenox Square Art Walk,
Atlanta, GA

1995 “Crafts National 29,” Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University,
University Park, PA
-- “Redefining the Figure,” Tempe Arts Center, Tempe, AZ
-- American Crafts Council, Columbus, OH and Charlotte, NC
-- Arts Festival of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
-- “Take a Seat,” Atlanta Historical Society, Atlanta, GA
-- Art Expo, Columbia, SC

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS
Acero, Paul, Making Ceramic Sculpture (New York: Lark Books), 2000.

Anon, Ceramic Figures (New York: Lark Books), 2005.

Atlanta Magazine, September 2004; April 2005.

American Craft, August/September 1998; October/November 1998; December 1999/January 2000; February/March 2000.

American Style, December 2004.

Burleson, Mark, The Ceramic Glaze Book (New York: Lark Books), 2001.

Ceramics Monthly, September 1996; April 1998; October 2002.

Cushing, Val, The Ceramic Design Book (New York: Lark Books), 1998.

Ferrin, Leslie, Teapots Transformed (New York: Guild Books), 2000.

Lafferty, Jane, Four Artists: Women in the Making (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press), 2005.

Metropolitan Home, October 2005.

Scotchie, Virginia, Setting Up Your Ceramic Studio: Ideas and Plans from Working Artists (New York: Lark Books), 2003.

Southern Living Idea House, 1997.

Topside Loaf, May 1998.

Triplet, Kathy, Handbuild Ceramics (New York: Lark Books), 1997.

--, 500 Teapots (New York: Lark Books), 2002.

--, 500 Figures (New York: Lark Books), 2004.
 

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