Title: Prosperity Preston Fountain

Dimensions: 36” High by 19”Wide    

Medium: Low-Fire Clay, Underglaze, colored slips

Date Made: 6/29/2019

Retail Price: $2650


Artist’s Statement (meaning/inspiration, etc.): This fountain was crafted at the North Preston Community Center. The inspiration for this absurdist rococo sculpture came from the gardens surrounding the studio. Bees are said to represent celebration, community, and brightness; this sculpture is meant to reflect the vibrancy of the North Preston community.  The peony flowers are indicative of good fortune and compassion while the poppy flowers are a nod towards remembrance, in honor of the veterans I work with every day.  The base and supporting structure for the fountain was thrown and assembled, the bee and flowers were hand-built and decorated with slips and underglazes before glaze firing. 

Originally from Hershey, Pennsylvania, Erin Wells started her studies at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) where she fell in love with clay. Working with HACC, Erin created an exchange program with the world renowned Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute and entered classes at JCI as their first western exchange student. From Jingdezhen, she transferred to NSCAD University where she completed a BA in Fine Arts: Ceramics. Erin then moved to Montreal to participate in an artist-in-residence program at Studio Alexandrea before apprenticing under figurative sculptor, Joel A. Prevost, for 2 years while teaching classes and workshops. Currently, Erin is teaching classes at the North Preston Community Centre while working from her home studio.