ARTIST’S STATEMENT: A slab of clay is my blank canvas. My favorite art tools are found objects that will make a mark: dried seed pods, weeds, ferns and grasses, as well as vintage lace, ribbon trim, old tools, kitchen gadgets and the like. I’m always looking for what makes a special texture on the clay as well as small metal pieces I incorporate into mixed media pieces. I love learning from other potters as they work their clay into inspiring pieces. There’s always something new to explore - a new form, style or technique, a new shape from nature, a new way to change the surface. As long as my imagination keeps me moving forward, I will keep creating.
BIO: Connie received her Visual Arts Degree in Studio Ceramics in the early 70s which led to a surprising opportunity for her to create an art department in a local middle school in San Jose, California. This rekindled her love for teaching and for clay, and allowed her to introduce clay to students who had never touched it before. Her work with her students inspired her innovation, as she kept introducing new approaches, and pushing her students’ imagined limitations. She was also able to creatively use the handling of clay as a way to stimulate conversation and the sharing of ideas and emotions among her students.
Connie creates a variety of functional and ornamental pieces, keeping them unique and fresh through her inspired use of layered texturing, under-glazing, and glaze combinations. Now that she is away from the classroom, she enjoys teaching small groups of children and adults.
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