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. Naomi has participated in residencies, given lectures and workshops, and exhibited her work across Canada and the United States. Naomi was named a 2017 Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly magazine, and her work was featured on the cover of the September 2018 issue of the magazine.
In her work Naomi uses text from old family correspondence, which is laser cut into newsprint, and subsequently used in her decorative process. By using this technology, she is able to work with marks that are made by someone else’s hand, collaborating with the past to create objects for the future, and make the ephemeral endure. 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.