My interests in how humans assign meaning and value to spaces and in porcelain as a material with a palpable aura, has led me to the artwork I am currently making, which consists of hand-build and slip-cast sculptural forms using porcelain. Some of the pieces become freestanding objects of their own, while others are used in multiples in larger installations, sometimes combined with other materials.
As resource material, I investigate historical decorative art traditions including the court porcelain of European factories like Meissen, KPM and Sevres, and the work of contemporary artists who employ both subtlety and humor to alter our perceptions of both interior and exterior spaces through the inclusion of specific objects, an emphasis on ritual use or purposefulness, or the alteration and accentuation of the space itself. I am also working within the tradition of recreating plant forms in porcelain, and am interested mainly in the symbolism conveyed by the transformed objects, the potent ideas and emotions, the potential for communication that they contain.
In addition to these sources, I draw inspiration from the formal languages of Ikebana flower design, garden landscaping and interior design from Rococo and Baroque European Palaces. These disciplines use plants to communicate specific ideas and ideals, playing on and with their temporal or impermanent nature to create evolving compositions. Their deliberate approach to a transitory material has led me to investigate the meanings created and made possible by the combination of actual plants and porcelain flowers and of abstracted floral form vases that are completed compositionally with the inclusion of flowers. The abstraction of these shapes is critical for me, since the familiarity of a generalized form allows the viewer to associate ideas and memories of their own, while retaining an element of mystery by denying a more specific recognition of the forms. Through installations and arrangements of these objects, I intend to evoke an emotional response, make viewers more aware of their environment and encourage them to engage physically and visually with the work.
Porcelain sculpture, installation and sculptural vessels.
Work Generally Available from:
The Ceramic Center, Berlin
All work is fired between Cone 6-10 in electric kilns. I use a variety of surface treatments, from glaze to wax, and often leave the exterior of pots unglazed.
8/01-12/03 - University of Colorado, Boulder, CO: MFA Ceramics Program, Graduated Summa Cum Laude
8/00-5/01 - Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA: Post-Baccalaureate Student
9/94-5/99 - Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA, Graduated Summa Cum Laude (with honors):
Bachelor of Arts in English, Professional Writing
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Crafts: Ceramics Specialization
Teaching and Professional Experience
4/08–present Associate Editor, Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated Magazines, 600 N. Cleveland Ave. Ste. 210, Westerville, OH, 43082
1/08-5/08 - Denison University Granville, OH: Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics
8/05-12/05 - Mesa College San Diego, CA: Adjunct Faculty, Introduction to Ceramics and Handbuilding Ceramics I
1/03-5/03 - University of Colorado at Boulder Teaching Assistant, Ceramics Two, Wheelthrowing.
8/02-12/02 - University of Colorado at Boulder Graduate Part-Time Instructor, Ceramic Survey.
6/02-7/02 - University of Colorado at Boulder Teaching Assistant, Summer Kiln Building course.
Artist Residencies and Assistantships
10/06-12/07 - Ceramic Center, Berlin Artist in Residence, funded through the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Scholarship Program. Mentors: Thomas Hirschler and Kaja Witt
9/99-6/00 - Kutztown University, Artist in Residence, Ceramics Studio
7/11 "Chain Letter" group exhibition, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
5/11 "Small Favors" group exhibition of small works, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA.
4/10 "2010: A Space Odyssey" group exhibition of installation works, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD.
3/10 "Donuts and Deviled Eggs" Exhibition of collaborative work in faculty show at Denison University, Granville, OH.
10-11/09 "Malleable Thought" group ceramics exhibition, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH.
10-11/09 "Generously Odd:Craft Now" at Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY
2-3/09 "Couplets" group exhibition of collaborative work, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD.
12/07 - “Keramik im Advent,” group exhibition, Ceramic Center, Berlin; Berlin Germany.
11/07 - “Reflections,” solo exhibition Ceramic Center, Berlin; Berlin Germany.
8/07-9/07 - “Sommer Garten Vasen Tage,” group exhibition, Ceramic Center, Berlin; Berlin, Germany.
12/06 - “Keramik im Advent,” group exhibition, Ceramic Center, Berlin; Berlin Germany.
6/06-7/06 - “San Diego Design: New Work from Allied Craftsmen,” Oceanside Museum of Art; Oceanside, CA. Curator: Beth Smith.
10/05 - “Art Auction: Hurricane Katrina Relief Fundraiser.” Jackson Gallery, San Diego State University; San Diego, CA.
6/05 - “The Other Side: Large Works,” Centro Cultural de la Raza; San Diego, CA (group show featuring collaborative work with Adrian French).
3/05-4/05 - Allied Craftsmen Group Exhibition, Boehm Gallery, Palomar College; San Marcos, CA.
3/05 - “UCSDSU,” University of California, San Diego; San Diego, CA. Group show featuring work by UCSD and SDSU affiliated artists.
2/05 - “Dialogues,” Collaborative exhibition with Adrian French, Flor Y Canto Gallery, San Diego State University; San Diego, CA.
2/05 - “Its All About Love” juried exhibition, Clayton Staples Art Gallery, Wichita State University; Wichita, KS. Third prize received for work.
10/04-11/04 - Allied Craftsmen Group Exhibition, Grove Gallery, University of California, San Diego.
3/04 - “New Work”, NCECA Conference; Indianapolis, IN. Three invited artists.
11/03 - “What Made You Start Again?” MFA Thesis Exhibition, CU Art Museum; Boulder, CO.
2/03-3/03 - “Priceless,” Dairy Center; Boulder, CO.
4/02; 4/03 - Juried Exhibition, and “CU at Spark,” Spark Gallery; Denver CO.
5/02-7/02 - Colorado Clay 2002, juried exhibition, Foothills Art Center; Golden, CO.
3/02-4/02 - “2002 Synapse,” Galeria Corriente Alterna; Lima, Peru.
6/01-7/01 - June Juried Exhibition, Shockoe Bottom Arts Center; Richmond, VA. Honorable Mention received for work.
8/00-9/00 - Invited Artists Exhibition, Gallery 20; Reading, PA.
4/99-6/99 - National Crafts ’99, juried exhibition, Lancaster Museum of Art; Lancaster, PA.
Artist Lectures and Exhibition Jurying
Fall 2009 Kutztown University, Visiting artist lectures and Crafts Department lecture
Spring 2009 Ohio Wesleyan University art department exhibition juror
Fall 2008 Eastern Kentucky University Visiting artist lecture and art department exhibition juror
Spring 2008 Denison University Visiting professor/ visiting artist lecture
4/07 - “Object and Environment: Spatial Transformations,” Burg Giebichenstein Hochschule für Kunst und Design, Halle(Saale), Germany
1/07 - “ Object and Environment: Spatial Transformations,” Zentrum für Keramik, Berlin. Presentation for students of the Muthesius-Hochschule für Kunst und Gestaltung in Kiel as part of their Berlin study tour.
11/06 - “Objekt und Umgebung: Umwandlung von Raum (Räumen)” Zentrum für Keramik Berlin. Artist presentation, in German, to members of the Berlin ceramic artist community. In conjunction with the annual meeting designed to further networking between ceramic artists in the city.
5/11 "The Leach Pottery, 1952" Ceramics Monthly, Vol 59, Issue 5, p. 26, May 2011
5/11 "Tile, Tile, Everywhere" Ceramics Monthly, Vol 59, Issue 5, p. 28, May 2011.
7/11 "Pyrofoto" Pottery Making Illustrated, Vol. 14, Issue 3, p. 6-7, July/August 2011.
1/11 "All Weather Clay" Pottery Making Ilustrated, Vol. 14, Issue 1, p. 6-7, January/February 2011
7/10 "Microwave Kilns" Pottery Making Illustrated, Vol. 13, Issue 4, p. 8-9, July/August 2010.
7/02 - “Rebecca Hutchinson: Working with the Dilemma” Ceramics Art and Perception, Issue 48, July 2002.
Bibliography and Citations
11/07 - “Porzellanblumen am Mauerstreifen” article and image about “Reflections” exhibition, Berliner Woche November 7, 2007, p. 10 (in German)
8/07 - “Sommer Garten Vasen Tage” exhibition postcard- cover image.
7/07 - Radio RBB, radio interview, conducted by Andrea Heinze with Kaja Witt about my artwork, and residency in Germany. (in German)
6/07 - Radio RBB/Radio Multikulti, radio interview conducted by Andrea Heinze about the concept, inspiration and making of the Mauer Bluemchen installation. (in German)
5/07 - “Auf der Suche nach fremden Gesichtern” installation and site-specific works described in an article about Heidi Preuss Grew, a fellow resident artist at the Ceramic Center Berlin. Berliner Woche (Pankow) May 2, 2007, p. 3 (in German)
4/07 - “Mauerblümchen” article and image, Berliner Zeitung April 18, 2007, Berlin section, p.21 (in German)
6/06 - Allied Craftsmen Exhibition announcement, San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles June 2006;
Allied Craftsman Exhibition postcard- cover image
2/05 - It’s All About Love show announcement, Wichita Register, February 2005.
6/02 - Colorado Clay Show Review, Denver Post Art Section, June 21, 2002.