Textures and Colors of Life :: Kaleigh Anne Howe :: Ceramicist and Oil Painter

My paintings as well as my ceramic designs are my way of connecting myself to the things around me, a grounding mechanism if you will.
The work I create is my way of reliving those moments and how I felt – and possibly inspire others to take notice of theirs as well.
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I came across Kaleigh on Instagram and was instantly captivated by her raw but beautiful, intuitive but skillful ceramic designs. Her work recalls that magical feeling I remember as a child, picking up a leaf and holding it in my hands, fascinated by nature in a way that adults tend to grow to ignore. But there’s nothing childish about the skill and artistic choices that Kaleigh makes in her art!

Kaleigh grew up in Lufkin, Texas, a small town about 2 1/2 hours northeast of Houston. She says,
”For as long as I can remember I have loved making things and creative problem solving. I was quite the little entrepreneur – I crocheted scarves, made hair bows, beaded bracelets and proceeded to sell them to anyone in proximity. I think the moment making went from a hobby to a necessity was when my therapist had me draw after losing my dad at age 6. Drawing and painting became woven into the fibers of my identity. 
In highschool I had an amazing teacher, Ellen Harris, who metaphorically shook me and said "It's okay to make a career of art, if you love it you can make it happen". That was the moment I decided to take this integral part of myself and make it my life's mission.”

 
I put my hands in the dirt and came alive with this new found art form.

Kaleigh got her start as an artist in painting (you can still see some of her beautiful oil paintings if you follow her on social media or visit her website), majoring in painting and drawing at Stephen F. Austin State University. But about a year ago, she found clay. Or, rather, her best friend, Jackie, found it for her with the gift of a 25 lb bag of clay and tools. She says, “I put my hands in the dirt and came alive with this new found art form.”

Those special moments of really noticing and connecting with nature is evident in Kaleigh’s work. “My paintings, as well as my ceramic designs, are my way of connecting myself to the things around me, a grounding mechanism if you will. 
I see the world in a series of inspirational moments – captured by the texture and color in nature. I take a drive and wonder what colors I would mix to paint the passing trees. I walk the beach and consider the way I would make a barnacle I found from clay. The work I create is my way of reliving those moments and how I felt – and possibly inspire others to take notice of theirs as well.”

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I will admit that I was pretty much clueless about the full process that went into ceramics! I knew it took a while, but I was fascinated by what Kaleigh shared!
”With all of my ceramic work being hand built I begin most pieces with a chunk of clay formed into a ball. At that point I pinch it into a simple cup form and go from there, adding layers for more height or varying shapes. Once I've made the clay into the form I want, I carve designs or pinch nature inspired embellishments to add to the piece. A few weeks later, once completely dry, I'll fire the work in my kiln and paint it with glaze- which I then fire again to a hotter temperature! Lastly, if there are any gold accents I will glaze them as well and put them back into the kiln for a third firing.
My favorite part being the sculpting process, I love to Netflix and pinch!”

The life of an artist isn’t always the glamorous window one peers into on a social media page. It can be frustrating and disheartening at times.

Artist life isn’t just about the creative process, however. Kaleigh says, ”The life of an artist isn't always the glamorous window one peers into on a social media page. It can be frustrating and disheartening at times. I have been so blessed to have an amazingly supportive group of friends and family behind the scenes uplifting me everyday. Most of all my husband and my parents. 

I'll share a text I received from my dad just the other day –
"Love you bunches! I am so proud of you for doing what you want to do and sticking to your guns even in the face of adversity." 

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Kaleigh’s ROAR


Passion is what you make of it, find something you’re passionate about and give it hell. It’s okay to work an 8-5 so that you can pay your bills in the meantime – but never leave what you love behind. Hustle until those dreams manifest into your reality. You will face moments when you are unendingly frustrated with yourself, your work and lack of motivation. That’s okay, those moments are fleeting but making your mark, if not for anyone’s sake but your own – that will last a lifetime. So, stick to your guns my fellow makers, we’ve got this!

The start of something exciting...

 
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I have been The Roaring Artist for about ten years now.

It started as an umbrella under which I could throw anything- from photography (my start) to graphic design and branding for other creatives to a mixed media jewelry line, and eventually to the medium where everything came to a halt and I felt like I was home- abstract mixed media.

Some of my previous work in photography & jewelry art

Some of my previous work in photography & jewelry art

Through all of it, “The Roaring Artist” has been a source of confidence- a way of telling the world that although at the surface, I am a pocket-sized, soft-spoken person, I have things to ROAR. And my work always has!

But on this journey, it’s never been just about me. When I was starting out, figuring out what kind of photographer I was, it became quickly evident that all I wanted to photograph was women. And I wanted to photograph them in a way that they could see themselves as the powerful art I saw in them. I developed my branding and graphic design business to help other female creatives to grow their businesses in a way that was authentic to them. I started a professional organization- The Denver Photo Betties- to provide growth opportunities and community to the awesome female photographers of Denver.

Through time and self exploration, it’s become clear that photography and branding/graphic design were not things I ultimately wanted as my career. They aren’t really where my passion lies. But what has also become clear is that my career, my calling, and my big ambitions won’t be satisfied unless I bring other women along with me on the way up. And every step along the way has brought me to where I am now.

So now, as my confidence has grown in the work I am passionate about and I’ve felt myself developing my own artistic voice, I’m making a change. For the first time in my creative career, I’m Katie, just Katie - KatieBradfordOsborne.art to be specific. It’s not a case of growing out of the name- it’s a case of coming into my own with my own name. After all, I’m still roaring louder than ever!

I’m not THE Roaring Artist. I’m A Roaring Artist.

My hope is that the The Roaring Artist will become a platform for me to pass the baton on to other female artists, so the world can hear their ROAR! I’ll start with introducing you to two emerging female artists a month- on the 15th and the 30th- from my current home in Houston and beyond. I’ll share their stories and their art with you. And my plan is that next September, I’ll bring as many of them together as I can for one majorly amazing Roaring Artists gallery show! And who knows where we can go from there!

If you’re a fellow artist, I hope you’ll find inspiration and community here.
If you’re a fellow art-lover, I hope you’ll come to meet some amazing creative womanpreneurs who you can support and follow.

Big things are coming for Katie Bradford Osborne and for The Roaring Artist. I can’t wait!! And I hope you’ll ALL come along on this crazy ride with me and share your own ROAR!

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