I Contain Multitudes, Annie Campbell

Annie with her work “Downstream” at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference

Annie is a ceramicist and professor at Auburn University. She has a very unique experience with becoming a mother, as her son was diagnosed with a rare brain condition shortly after his birth. In this episode we retrace the first year of his life and their family’s struggle with finding proper treatment for their baby’s condition. She describes the way her work altered after going through this experience and all she had to do to stay in a healthy mindset. Annie is one of the most resilient people I’ve met and her insight and strategies for dealing with major trauma + life + career will have you feeling awe-inspired.

Emmett lifts his head for the first time in the UCLA hospital. -image courtesy Annie Campbell and One Bad Mother friend.

Annie’s Bio

Annie B. Campbell received her BFA from the Department of Crafts and Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2004, with a focus in ceramics. She spent time between degrees participating in ceramics programs in Italy, at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine, Maho Bay Clay Works in the US Virgin Islands, and Sugar Maples Center for the Arts in New York State. She was awarded her first solo show at the Gumenick Gallery in Glen Allen, Virginia in 2007. She received her MFA in Studio Ceramics from Indiana University, Bloomington in May 2010. In 2011 she was awarded an Emerging International Artist Residency at The Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. She was also awarded a year-long residency at Studio 550 in Manchester, NH in 2012 and was a Distinguished Fellow at Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences in 2015. She taught ceramics and 3-D design at Concord Community College, NH and Endicott College in Beverly, MA prior to joining the faculty at Auburn University’s Department of Art &Art History as an Assistant Professor of Ceramics in 2016. At Auburn she teaches all levels of hand-building and wheel-thrown ceramics. Summer 2019 she will be heading back to Scotland with her family for an artist’s residency at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop culminating on a solo exhibition in October. She maintains an active studio practice and continues to exhibit her sculpture and installations nationally and internationally.

Annie’s List of Resources

The Brain Recovery Project:

The Hemispherectomy Foundation:

Infantile Spasm awareness:

Epilepsy/Surgery FB Groups:


Feeling Good by Dr David Burns (cognitive behavioral therapy)

3 thoughts on “I Contain Multitudes, Annie Campbell”

    1. Thank you Annie, for sharing your story. It’s so important to hear about all perspectives of motherhood and the strength is takes to get what you need.


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