Naomi Clement is a Canadian artist and educator who explores ideas of home and belonging through the powerful lens of functional ceramics. She received her MFA from Louisiana State University in 2017, and her B.F.A from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University in 2003. Naomi has exhibited her work across the U.S. and Canada, and was named a 2017 Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly magazine.
In her current work, Naomi uses text elements from old family correspondence to explore her family history and connect past and present. Letters are digitally scanned, enlarged, and laser cut into newsprint. These newsprint text elements are then used in the decorative process, acting both as a stamp and resist for colour and texture. The resulting pots ask to be noticed and examined; they convey a sense of a life lived, and of a life still to be lived; they are about making connections and wanting to make connections. A snapshot of the journey, each pot is a tether that connects maker and user—a memory bound in mud made-stone for years to come.