About Brianna

Originally from Poplar, Wisconsin, Brianna Deterling earned her Master of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.  She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Science from The University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2011, and a Master of Arts from The University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2013.  Her work, primarily ceramics and sculpture, derives from memories of a childhood spent playing in the woods of rural Wisconsin. 


Artist Statement

My current work is inspired by collected objects ranging from valuable treasures to found objects with no extrinsic value.  

I draw inspiration from my family’s various collections, my former collections, and the objects seen at antique stores.  Today, I do not actively collect objects and it has made me question why we collect.  What is it that naturally attracts us to certain objects that we must find and keep them?    

My sculptures are decorative, similar to collected objects that are carefully displayed in homes.  I use a variety of materials, designs, and surface treatments that reflect a sense of wonder, nostalgia, and desire.  The freedom of using various fabrication techniques and mixed media gives me endless possibilities to fully develop and express my ideas in the different series within the overall theme. 



Bodies of…Juried Exhibition of Ceramic Arts, Crooked Tree Art Center, Traverse City, MI - April 27 - July 20, 2019