Born and raised in the foothills of the Carolinas, the arts introduced themselves as storytellers early in Carrie Creech’s life. Her family, rooted in musical traditions and open hearts, allowed Carrie to venture through materials to find her method of telling her story. While attending North Greenville College & Clemson University, Carrie began working with clay. Her father’s health began to decline in the years following college and Carrie moved home to Greenville, South Carolina. After her father’s death, Carrie says life was defined with different lines --- lines that pointed her to dream, to dance and to fight for her story in clay. In the fall of 2017, she became a ceramics studio resident at The Bascom in Highlands, NC. She is currently a STARworks Clay Studio resident artist.
Grace Engel (Phlox)
Grace Engel (PHLOX) is visual and textile artist born and raised in the midwest. Her work focuses on the body from a female perspective. She draws inspiration from her peers, her work in the mental health field, and her life experience of sensitivity and vulnerability. She is currently based in Asheville, NC. As a child, she imagined her future as an author living in NYC and pursued this by writing the manuscripts to four unpublished novels in her early 20s. Two characters, Elliot and PHLOX, worked their way into the storyline of various books and stories and she felt a particular connection with the latter. When she began to branch out of the realm of words and focus on visual arts, she adopted the name to represent her creative life.