Stephanie Lanter

Artist Statement

Currently, I have been investigating the “slippery” condition of language, technology, and epistemology through sculpturally manifesting words, phrases and symbols. Utilizing an “analog 3-d printing” process, or manual slip trailing, I trace and obsessively retrace to build ambiguous yet personally significant ‘terms’ with liquid porcelain, facilitating the evolution of virtual thought into visceral object. As in the one-ear-to-another, whispered “telephone game” these works are layered, interrupted, slow journeys and surprising destinations. Perhaps a single phrase can be a dimensional map, poem, or even an entire landscape, full of nuance, emotional power, and possibility.

-- Stephanie Lanter


Stephanie Lanter has been an artist and educator working in clay, fiber, mixed media and words since 2000. Currently the Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Emporia State University in Kansas, she has also taught at Washburn and Wichita State Universities. She has had the good fortune of being awarded residencies at Arrowmont’s Pentaculum, the LH Project, the Archie Bray Foundation, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and the Mendocino Arts Center. She was one of the founding residents at the Red Lodge Clay Center, and the first Jentel / Archie Bray Foundation Critic at the Bray.

Along with exhibiting her sculptural ceramics, installations, and mixed media drawings to an international audience, she has given numerous workshops and presentations, including recently for Artaxis National ClayWeek Conversations. She has written for and been featured in journals such as Ceramics Monthly and Ceramics, Art and Perception. In 2010, she received a Kansas Arts Commission Collaboration Grant to support the interdisciplinary installation and publication series, The Waiting Room Projects, directed by Marguerite Perret, and exhibited across the country and in the Netherlands. She received an MFA from Ohio University in 2002 and a BA from Xavier University in 1998.