In becoming a ceramicist I fell in love with that act of forever. My thesis work focuses on my relationship with my grandma, mom, and sister. This intimacy is shown through large circular portraits in clay. Utilizing underglazes, relief carving, and sculpture, I make paintings that will last forever. These forms mimic the mirror I was given by my grandma as a child. When I look at my circle mirror given to me by my grandma, I see myself and her. I see a powerful and beautiful woman that was brought up by strong women as well. I am crafting a legacy of women that have molded me into who I am today and by doing the same to them with my work, I immortalize that bond. This is a physical painting that can be touched and looked at and I invite the viewer to do so.
Hannah Petri is graduating from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in the spring of 2022 with a BFA in Ceramics. She originates from Omaha and excelled in her art programs at Westside High School. For her work, she makes bas reliefs while she explores her relationship with the important women in her family. She has been exhibited in the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery and the Medici Gallery during her undergrad and received an Entree Fee Award. She has sold work to the Omaha Children’s Museum, is currently working at a craft store where she teaches classes, and is attaining her teaching certification.