Caroline Douglas has been working as a figurative clay artist for 30 years. Now living in Boulder, she first stuck her hands in clay as a teenager attending classes at Penland School of Crafts in the mountains of North Carolina. Caroline received her BFA in ceramics at the University of North Carolina.
Caroline’s figurative sculptures are evocations of a dream world. She is inspired by mythology, fairy tales, and dreams, as well as the antics of animals and children. Her artwork has been featured in Ceramics: Art and Perception, Lark Books, The Shambhala Sun, and Better Homes and Gardens, the National Museum for Women in the Arts and many private collections.
Following a traumatic brain injury in 2000, Caroline used her art as a healing modality. The tactile nature of clay, the quiet time in the studio, the visionary journeys to realms to retrieve images, all contributed to her rehabilitation. As she shaped and changed the clay, it changed her.
Two weeks before Valentine’s Day 2011, Caroline asked her Facebook friends to write “What I really love is…” on her page, intending to send one handmade red cardinal to the winner of the best quote. All of the submissions were so heartfelt that she ended up making 52 cardinals, which she sent all over the globe. Before sending them off, however, the cardinals went on field trips around Boulder, Hollywood and New York City. Photos of these birdie adventures were posted to her Facebook page, and as lucky recipients began getting their cardinals,each of which had their own name, Caroline received photos of the cardinals in their new homes, thus inspiring the Red Bird Revolution.