Karen Tharp graduated with a Masters of Fine Art in Studio Art from The Ohio State University in May, 2021.
Her material anchor is porcelain, though she fondly focuses on lacemaking, paper cutting, sewing, and found metals as well. An avid maker and constant tinkerer– her work centers on repetitive gestures, micro and macro overlap, contamination, and traditional American craft.
Born into a robustly creative family, Tharp spent her first thirty years learning to think past her fingertips on the humid peninsula of Florida. She received a BFA in Studio Art The Florida State University in 2010, and a Post Bacc in Ceramics from The University of Florida in 2018. After moving to Ohio to attend graduate school, Tharp began researching all the limbs of her family tree. This research, and the subsequent dirt she dug up, led to her thesis exhibition, unearth, in February of 2021.
Karen Tharp lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her dog, Juniper.