Liana Agnew was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her BFA in Ceramics and a BS in Art Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2015. She has exhibited nationally in galleries such as the Morean Art Center, Goggleworks Center for the Arts, Red Star Studios, The Clay Studio of Philadelphia, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft, the Erie Art Museum, the Milwaukee Institute of Art, Lux Center for the Arts, and more.
Currently, Liana lives in the small, rural town of Brockway, PA. She works full time as the Youth and Arts Coordinator and Teaching Artist in ceramics at the non-profit organization Brockway Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT). Liana is responsible for teaching and mentoring high school youths in the after-school art program, coordinating with various school districts for in-school and community based project, and manages the ceramics artist-in-residence program.
For information on the BCAT artist in residence program click here.
As a potter, functional wares provide me with a sense of human connection between what I make and the people that use them. Soft textures and images lay across the surface referencing the serenity found in nature. The species of trees are carefully considered for each piece, focusing on the structure and shape of the leaf. Trees often have symbiotic relationships with other living organisms in close physical association. I feel that people and pottery as well experience this relationship, mutually benefitting off of one another.