Crystal Morey’s exposure as a youth to the natural landscape has most certainly shaped her perspective as a maker. No longer in a rural environment, Morey’s porcelain sculptures convey insight into humans’ interactions with the world around them. She says of her work, “Intentionally or unintentionally, we are rapidly affecting changes to the environment that would have taken natural processes millennia. Through these actions we are leaving many vulnerable species and habitats frantic, facing disruptions and uncertain outcomes. In my work I investigate these actions while also creating an evocative and mysterious narrative that shows our interdependence with the land and animals around us.”
Morey grew up in rural Northern California, where she received her BFA from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, and her MFA from San Jose State University. A recent graduate, she’s pursued residency opportunities at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine; Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina; and the LH Project in Joseph, Oregon.