Urthen is the earth art of Caitlin Deane, ranging from adobe housing and sculptures to ceramic pottery.
Caitlin is a clay artist, vessel-maker, natural builder, wilder babe, and lover of all earth-based crafts. Her discovery of clay and its endless possibilities opened a path for her to develop an archaic reverence towards local and natural materials. Through her work, she allows clay’s transformative properties, fragility, and ephemerality to discuss impermanence and change.
She received her BFA in Ceramics and Concentration in Curatorial Studies in 2012 from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. Afterward, she left the east coast to become a desert dweller, pursue the vastness of the southwest, and receive an education in natural building. Since 2012, Caitlin has completed two Long-Term Apprenticeships, a Research & Design Program, an Artist Residency, and helped develop the new Ceramics Apprenticeship at the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture in Hesperia, CA.
During her time living in Joshua Tree from 2013-2019, Caitlin worked as a production potter for MazAmar Art Pottery, and then developed her own line of Urthen ceramics. She is now currently traveling and looking for land in the PNW to further devote her time to natural building, permaculture, and homesteading.