Page Candler grew up on a farm in rural Northwest Virginia. Her mother was an art teacher who worked in clay, so Page was introduced to the material at a young age. She states, “I have always been fascinated by the world of make believe – playing in the creek as a child has stuck with me.”
Page received her BFA degree in art from Virginia Commonwealth University in the 1970’s where she worked with the internationally known clay sculptor Jack Earl. Page has long been fascinated with childhood stories, fantasies, and animals of all kinds. She has always made up stories through her clay sculptures.
Page moved to Kentucky in 2004 to be able to obtain more acreage for farming. Page maintains a studio in a rural landscape outside of Campbellsville, Kentucky, where she and her husband raise animals on their farm.
Page Candler’s work is primarily figurative. She uses mostly hand building and sculpting techniques to create her works from white Earthenware. In this low-fire temperature range she can accomplish a wide range of color, but she also likes to allow the texture and color of the clay to be seen.
Page’s work can be found at Appalachian Fireside Gallery, Berea KY; and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.