Kelley E. Foy is a maker and craftsman. After more than 20 years as a furniture designer revealing the possibilities of handcrafted wood and steel, she has made her way back to her origins in clay. In the spaces between, she has explored the food culture phenomena from the inside out as the owner and operator of two acclaimed restaurants.
All the while, she has been blending and building on her clay, wood, and steel explorations. Kelley’s work is influenced by the cultures of the Southwest where she has been based and, more recently, her steep in the craft culture of the New South in Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee. The contrast of the Southwest and New South, places and experiences shared by both artists at different points in each of their lives, spurred the Southern Exposure collaboration and show. For Kelley, it is as much about cross-cultural translation as it is about coming home.
Kelley worked with the renowned Don Reitz and is currently part of the team building an arts program at the Reitz Ranch including workshops and classes.