Norleen Nosri was born and raised in Malaysia. She earned a BFA (2010) an MFA (2013) in Ceramics at the University of Missouri-Columbia under the tutelage of Bede Clarke. Her work has been featured in exhibitions in galleries and museums in Pennsylvania, Washington, Texas, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri.
Nosri’s current body of work focuses on the acts of serving and accepting; a reflection on a shared exchange of human contact. The iconic phrase ‘tea time’, whether in the family setting or that of the larger community allows for a certain leveling of the social hierarchy and thus, for fellowship. The shared moment becomes elevated and mundane becomes ceremonial. The function and metaphor for teapots has become my arena to explore and interpret self, family, surroundings and the people within the family of the surroundings.