Stephanie Lanter ( she/her )

Artist Statement

This body of work explores the concurrent ephemerality and gravity of text and modes of communication in our lives. Words are elastic. Language is slippery. Technology is fluid. Economy is viscous. Epistemology is fragile and tangled. Clay can be all of these. Derived from words and phrases that resonate with me on a personal and socio-political level, the sculptures are primarily built by hand via slip trailing, a process traditionally used for surface design. By jumbling broken or unused fragments from past pieces with fresh notes and thoughts “written” in clay, I aim to construct a visceral experience of language and its shifting landscape.


Stephanie Lanter is an artist-educator who has worked in clay for twenty-five years. She exhibits her sculpture, drawings & mixed media work internationally has been awarded residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation, Red Lodge Clay Center, Arrowmont School of Art & Craft, the LH Project, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and the Mendocino Arts Center. She has presented workshops and lectures at numerous institutions across the country including NCECA, CAA, Peters Valley School of Craft, Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts, and ArtAxis National Clay Week Conversations, and written articles for and Ceramics Art & Perception and Ceramics Monthy. Stephanie is currently an Associate Professor of Ceramics at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford. Previously, she taught at Emporia State, Washburn and Wichita State Universities in Kansas. She received an MFA from Ohio University in 2002.