Ashley Bevington (b. 1990) grew up in rural Ohio. Bevington graduated with her BFA from Columbus College of Art & Design (OH) in 2014, & her MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (PA) in 2017. She has participated in various national exhibitions in galleries such as The Clay Studio of Philadelphia, The Erie Art Museum, The Ohio Craft Museum, the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, & the Oregon College of Art & Craft. Bevington has received numerous awards within her field. She was awarded a full scholarship to attend Penland School of Crafts in the summer of 2013. She was an invited artist and received a scholarship to attend a residency at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in the summer of 2015. She was awarded the Mudtools Merit Award in the 2017 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition, where she had 2 pieces juried into the show. Bevington most recently received the NCECA International Residency Partnership Program award to attend an 8-week residency at Medalta Potteries in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada in the summer of 2017. She is currently a ceramics professor and artist residing in her home state of Ohio.
Life can be tough. It is up to each of us to find the courage to continue navigating our personal path. It’s easy to get caught up in the routine of the mundane. It’s important to seek out joy within the little things, as each of the little things add up to what we all desire and strive for in life: happiness. With my ceramic work I aim to embellish the mundane. Whether that be through a relatable mug, an over-the-top cake stand, or an oddly adorable sculpture, I hope to elevate the everyday experience.
My work is often described as “funny” and/or “cute”. I use humor and cuteness as a vehicle to explore the struggles of life and awareness of our own mortality. I often take on the “more is more” approach with clusters of blooming flowers. Personally, they symbolize moments of growth or enlightenment, like those moments where something just clicks in your mind and you step up to the next level of your potential, but to the viewer they’re probably just pretty. The poodle is another symbol that frequents my work. It has become a self-portrait. The well-known breed is often thought of as a spoiled lap dog but was originally bred to be one of the best hunting dogs. I see a parallel with the misconception of the poodle and the misconception of myself. the dichotomy of my midwestern upbringing and current relationship with the art world often left me feeling torn between lifestyles, as if I had to choose between the two, when really, I just needed to be myself and find my inner poodle! I felt this same way in art school, like I had to choose between pottery or sculpture, not seeing I was doing both. My anthropomorphic works frequently have two moods in order to illustrate this feeling of ambivalence we so often encounter.