Building from small details and revealing surprises through the process, Lynne Hobaica (Bakersville, NC) creates both sculptural and functional forms that create story and narrative. Inspired by the beauty and struggle of the human experience, her work is fueled through the contemplation of our individual awareness of mortality and its impact on the lens through which stories and life are experienced. Referencing characters from both personal and historical mythologies and fairytales, Hobaica instills gesture and emotion to connect with audiences and shares emotional experiences from both personal and shared stories.
Hobaica received her BFA in the History of Art with concentration in Ceramics from Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY) in 2010, and her MFA in Sculptural Conceptions and Ceramics from University of Art and Design Linz (Kunstuniversität) in 2015. She has served as instructor at numerous venues and institutions including Moshier Arts Center (Bruien, WA), Bellevue College (Bellevue, WA), Odyssey Clayworks (Ashville, NC), and Hood College (Frederick, MD). Hobaica has continued to develop her own practice in her studio and through residency opportunities including Flower City Art Center (Rochester, NY), L’antica Deruta (Deruta, Italy), and Pottery Northwest (Seattle, WA). Additionally, Hobaica has led workshops and presentations at both national and international locations including Accademia di Belli Arti di Perugia (Perugia, Italy), Gasworks NYC (New York, NY), Hartford Art School (Hartford, CT), and Penland School of Craft (Penland, NC)
In addition to recognition through publication and broadcast, Hobaica has received numerous awards for her work including the ÖH Projekt Förderung Project Grant, the De Poi Award through the Seattle Perugia Sister City Association, the Blue Ridge Soap Shed Scholarship, and was named one of Ceramic Monthly’s 2020 Emerging Artists. Her work is represented at galleries spanning the US and has been exhibited through various group, two-person, and solo exhibitions at venues including Mesa Arts Center (Mesa, AZ), Gandee Gallery (Fabius, NY), Mir (Linz, Austria), Haystack School of Craft (Deer Isle, ME), Pigeon Toe Gallery (Portland, OR), Clay Center of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA), Pottery Northwest (Seattle, WA), The Clay Studio (Philadelphia, PA), Firehouse Gallery (Rochester, NY), and Charlie Cummings Gallery (Gainesville, FL).