Xochiyollotl Carrow Harbison

2023 Project AwardVisual ArtsCeramics

2023 Project Award

Xochiyollotl will convert a shed into a ceramic studio to create more ambitious work and expand her presence as an artist. She will purchase a pottery wheel, kiln, proper shelving and storage materials, as well as update her website and online store. 

Xochiyollotl’s sculptural work investigates topics that she encounters as a plus-size queer woman. By focusing on issues surrounding her experiences, she creates social commentaries addressing violence, shame, stigma and exploitation. To provide balance, her functional pottery attempts to capture the feelings and beauty found in Alaska’s landscapes.  

It’s important to her that she always be willing to learn and grow. By keeping an open mind, she hopes to be a positive and collaborative force in her community. 

Artwork samples

Top left: “Vase in Burnt Turquoise” / reduction stoneware / 5″ x 8.5″ x 5″ / 2022. Center: “Oval Vase in Tundra” / reduction stoneware / 6″ x 8″ x 5″ / 2022. Right: “Hereditary,” depicts the complex nature of breast cancer / stoneware, textiles and acrylic / 20″ x 20″ x 11″ / 2021. Bottom: “Ode to Desserts I Didn’t Eat in Public,” a shrine to the uncomfortable feelings a plus-size person feels eating dessert in public / stoneware, underglazes and acrylic / 25″ x 20″ x 18″ / 2022.