We had the good fortune of connecting with Carlie Stracka and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Carlie, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Growing up I always loved art, and was a naturally creative spirit. Once in college, I took a sculpture class and became obsessed. It was clear at this point that sculpture was my passion. I was so excited to work on my projects that I would work late in the studio perfecting my sculptures. It was an area of life I thrived in.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
When I first graduated, I applied for a job at Anthropologie doing the window displays. Even though I had a degree in Fine Art with emphasis in Sculpture, it was a highly competitive and sought after position. I enrolled at a community college to be eligible for an unpaid internship to get more experience and prove myself. From there I landed the assistant position, and worked my butt off. Finally, I became a display coordinator and moved up in the company from there. I traveled to do store openings and had a large team of assistants helping me create massive installations. During these years I learned more than I could ever explain about creating large-scale projects and installation. As I did more and more free-lance projects in addition to my job, it became evident it was time to be a full-time artist. I got a studio space and bought a kiln. Combining ceramics with my sculpture background allows me to create durable, long-lasting art. I also excel in creating large scale installations. I’m very proud to be where I am, I have my art in famous hotels, wineries, restaurants, buildings, and numerous private homes.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are so many great places to eat in San Diego this is a tough question! However if I had to pick… Viewpoint Brewery is a beautiful and favorite spot. It’s right on the San Dieguito Lagoon, providing the ideal gathering landscape with great food and drinks. Then we could walk down to the beach in Del Mar and Powerhouse Park. I also love Naked Cafe in Solana Beach, right on Fletcher Cove.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Barbara McCarren, my first sculpture teacher, was incredibly supportive and inspiring. I remember her fire and passion for art and she empowered me to do anything. My parents have also always been there for me. My mom, when I send her countless photos to help me decide between options that I’m wavering between— or help me decide for myself! And my dad, for always helping with the logistics of projects. Be it electrical, structural, or driving with me to install.

Website: Carliestracka.com
Instagram: @carliestrackaart
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