Constance McBride

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Whisperers, 2015 Ceramic/Graphite 10" X 13" X 11" © constancemcbride
Whisperers-side view, 2015 Ceramic/Graphite 10" X 13" X 11" © Courtesy of the Artist and Limner Gallery
Strata Vita, 2015 Ceramic 14" X 18" X 7" © constancemcbride
The Lonely Girls, 2013 Clay
Lonely Girl Room 315 Clay
Lonely Girl Room 322, 2013 Paper Clay © CMcB 2013
Truth from Within (no 1), 2016 Ceramic 35" X 20" X 14" © Constance McBride
Truth from Within, 2016-2017 Ceramic © Constance McBride
Truth from Within (no 1), 2016 Ceramic 36" X 20" X 14" © Constance McBride
Truth from Within (no 2), 2016-2017 Ceramic 57" X 21" X 9" © Constance McBride
Truth from Within (no 2 - detail), 2017 Ceramic 57" X 21" X 9" © Constance McBride
Truth from Within (no 2 - detail), 2017 Ceramic 57" X 21" X 9" © Constance McBride
Quick Facts
Philadelphia PA
Lives in
Phoenix AZ
Works in
Phoenix AZ
Arcadia University, 1998, BA
Representing galleries
Manheim/ARC Gallery
figurative, sculpture

Constance McBride creates works that punctuate the complexity of being human. Her sculptures explore difficult issues related to aging and mortality. Inspired by landscape and the natural world, her work is recently characterized by her use of multiple surface treatments and her sculpting method to create contorted forms rather than images of perfection. Multilayered images emerge in which the fragility and instability of our surely certain reality is questioned. A native of Philadelphia, PA, she relocated from the East Coast to the Southwest in 2002. Living within 500 feet of the Sonoran Desert Preserve has made a big impact; observing an ever changing terrain continues to inform her research. McBride's work is featured in the international platform Ceramics Now and is included in the publication Paperclay Art and Practice by Rosette Gault.  Most recently, it's been displayed in The Clay Studio National in Philadelphia, PA and in Beyond The Brickyard, at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts in Helena, MT. She is a recipient of several awards including a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and most recently an emerging artist grant from Contemporary Forum, a support organization of the Phoenix Art Museum (PAM). Notably, her work was exhibited at PAM from June through September, 2017. She was named one of the 100 Creatives by Phoenix New Times in 2014 and the publication named her solo exhibition “Place out of Time” one of the 10 best art shows in Phoenix in 2015. McBride received a Bachelor of Arts from Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. She teaches ceramic classes at Shemer Art Center in Phoenix.