Kelley Eggert

Artist Statement

As we enter what some believe to be the Sixth Great Extinction, many creatures that roam this planet will become fossils. For every impressed relic, a niche will open for new life to grow and flourish. As a species, we must foster what cultivates and maintains life. A seed is an emblem of potential, continuation, and hope. It is concentrated energy, surging with life and vivacity. My sculptures are designed to elevate the humble little seed to something significant and substantial, extolling its status as bearer of the spark. The seed is represented by a shiny orb-like form. It is supported by rigid yet sinuous structures that prop, encase, or intertwine its body. Elements of ornament flirt with each passerby, enticing them to lean in and take notice of what is precious.


Kelley Eggert earned her master of fine arts with a concentration in ceramics from the University of Florida, Gainesville. In addition to receiving the University of Florida Alumni Fellowship from the University of Florida, she was also awarded two Albert K. Murray grants. Kelley received her undergraduate degree from the University of Akron in Akron Ohio. In 2010 she held a 12 month residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston Texas where she currently resides. In addition to her studio practice, Kelley currently teaches at Lonestar Community College and Houston Community College.