Bailey, Ornithologist’s Find, 2011, earthenware ceramic, paint, bird skull, egg, feathers, page, flower husk and resin, 20.5″ x 6″ x 5″
Lucy Bailey (b. 1961, Columbia, S.C.) is a figurative ceramic artist who has participated in juried exhibitions in South Carolina at the Arts Council of Rock Hill & York County’s Center for the Arts; the Columbia Museum of Art’s Contemporaries Artist of the Year 2011 Soiree and Silent Auction; and the Pickens County Museum of Art and History. Although largely self-taught, Bailey has participated in workshops led by leading practitioners working in a similar genre, including Lisa Clague, Adrian Arleo, Tip Toland, Alice Ballard and Janis Mars Wunderlich. Bailey holds degrees in clinical counseling and school psychology. In addition to her work in ceramics, she is the lead psychologist for South Carolina’s Lexington/Richland County School District Five. Bailey lives in Irmo.
Statement of support:
Lucy Bailey is a ceramic artist who creates powerful small-scale figurative sculpture. A great deal of human complexity is conveyed through her poetic presentation. I find her combinations of materials innovative and smart, and the material selection seems to help create meaning in the work.
Joe Thompson, Governor’s School for the Arts, Greenville