My past is present in my work. The old family photos that entertained me as a child are rich with textured fabrics, puffy sleeves, and even floppy hair bows that offer myriad ideas about form and shape.
Remembered stories and phrases blend with more recent memories and activities to become unintentional poetry, new stories told with new materials.
I work with lush white porcelain and dense textured black clays using tools and processes that are familiar to the kitchen, the sewing room and the clay studio.
The shapes that emerge are a conversation between my hands and the clay. They are fabric scraps and building blocks: bricks and windows that define space and celebrate light and shadow.
born: 1961, Los Angelos, CA
raised: Reston, VA; St Louis, MO
education: Smith College, Northampton, MA; 1983
current residence: Deale, MD
In 2007 Elizabeth was selected as an Emerging Artist by the National Council on the Education of Ceramic Arts. In 2008 she received a Strauss Fellowship Grant from the Fairfax County Arts Council of Northern Virginia.
Her work, both functional and sculptural, has been exhibited in national and international venues and is in the permanent collection of the
Yixing Ceramics Museum, Peoples Republic of China;
International Ceramic Center in Denmark;
Kamm Teapot Collection;
Petroleum Club in Midland, TX.
She has been a featured artist and contributing author for a variety of publications including: Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, Clay Times, and Studio Potter. Her work has also been featured in Lark Publications 500 cups and 500 Pitchers.
In addition to teaching at the wheel, Elizabeth conducts hands-on and demonstration workshops, focusing on porcelain, paper clay and monoprinting techniques.
From 2010 to 2015 Elizabeth served as President for Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME.
Public Collections and Installations
- Clour Pool, MGM National Harbor
- The International Ceramic Center at Guldagergaard, Skaelskor, Denmark
- Yixing Ceramics Museum, Yixing, PR China
- Flow. Tolleson Bank, Dallas, TX
- Niche. Hyatt Regency, Tyson Corner, VA
- Conjunto II. Centrum Building, Dallas, TX
- Nolamere. Regency Hyatt, New Orleans
- School of Creative Arts, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
Recent solo shows and exhibitions include:
- Spacial Interpretations, Montpelier Hall, MD, July 2016
- Virginia Earth, Art and Cultural Center, Portsmouth VA, Aug-Oct 2015
- The Distance Between. Solo Exhibition. Sherrie Gallery, Nov 2014-Jan 2015
- A Measure of Grace. Solo Exhibition Quirk Gallery, VA. June. 2014
- Futures II. Vessels Gallery, Boston, MA. April 2014
- Friends and Fire-mates. Grimmerhus Ceramic museum, Denmark. Jan 2012
- Ceramic Sutra. Baltimore Clayworks. Novie Trump, curator. Jan. 2012
- Shear Lines New Bedford Art Museum, MA. March 2012
- Arms Wide Open, Solo exhibition at Lacoste Gallery, MA, Aug 2012
· A Measure of Grace. Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA. June. 2014.
· The Distance Between. Sherrie Gallerie, Columbus OH. November 2104.
· EKClay, Sherrie Gallerie, SOFA Expo, Chicago. 2013.
· Arms Wide Open. Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA. 2012.
· Visual Rhythms. Concord University, WV. 2011.
· Double Sleyed. GRACE Focus Exhibition, Reston, VA. November. 2010.
· Button Boxes. Cross MacKenzie, Washington DC June-Sept. 2010.
· Vault Project. Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA. August. 2009.
· No Boundaries. Sherrie Gallerie, Columbus, OH. Jan-March.
· Annual Sculpture Exhibition. Montpelier Art Center, Laurel, MD. June-July.
· Connection in Clay, Maryland Hall, Annapolis, MD Sept-October.
· Scratching the Surface, Red Lodge Gallery, MT October.
· Virginia Earth, Portsmouth Cultural Center for the Arts, VA August-October.
· Collaborations, Imago Gallery, Warren, RI Feb-May.
· TeaTime. Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY February.
· Invited Artist, ACC Baltimore. February.
· Select 2014. WPA Exhibition Auction. Artisphere, VA. Curator:Olivia Kohler-Maga. March.
· Futures II. Vessels Gallery, Boston, MA. April.
· Cedar Creek Teapot Invitational. Cedar Creek Gallery. 2014, 2011, 2008, 2005.
· Pyro Protagonists: A Generation of Ceramic Artists. Washington County Art Museum, MD. June-Sept.
· 40 for 40, GRACE, Reston, VA. 2013.
· In The Mix, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC and Indianopolis, IN. 2013.
· Ceramic Spectrum, Jamestown, RI, Seth Rainville, Curator. 2013.
· Friends and Fire-mates. Grimmerhus Ceramic Museum, Denmark. Nina Hole, curator. 2012.
· Ceramic Sutra. Baltimore Clayworks. Novie Trump, curator. 2012.
· Figure It Out. Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY. 2012.
· The World in A Cup: Sake Vessels from Japan and US. KOBO Gallery, Seattle, WA.2012.
· Shear Lines, Site Specific Installation. New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA. 2012.
· Shuku: the Art of Sake. Vessels Gallery, Boston, MA, November 2012.
· Exhibition: Celadon Clay Art Gallery. Sag Harbor, NY. 2011.
· Simple Cup Show. KOBO Gallery, Seattle, WA. 2011.
· Hear/See. Target Gallery in the Torpedo Factory. Alexandria, VA. 2011.
· In the Beginning. Chroma Projects Art Laboratory. Charlottesville, VA. 2010.
· Language of Form and Surface. Chroma Projects Art Laboratory. Charlottesville, VA. 2010.
· Glow. Anmarie Gardens. Solomons, MD. 2010-11.
· First Quarter Exhibition. Carroll Square Gallery. Washington, DC. 2010.
· Textural Tracings. Bryan Gallery. Conway, SC. 2010.
· Echo. Annmarie Gardens, Solomons, MD. 2009.
· Our Cups Runneth Over. Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA. 2008.
· The Body in Pots. August. Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO, Nick Joerling, Curator. 2008.
· Art Exchange: Wales/America. Llantarnam Grange Arts Center, South Wales, and Aberystwyth, Dyfer,Noth Wales. 2008.
· Material Translations: Pinch, Coil, Slab. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA. 2008.
· The Myth of Permanence. Pittsburgh, PA. Margaret Boozer and Catherine White, Curators. 2008.
· Moieties. Three DC artists. Cross MacKenzie Ceramic Arts, Washington, DC. 2007.
· Glass, Clay, Wood, Metals, Stone and Fiber. John Weatherhead Gallery, Ft. Wayne, IN.2005-7.
· Imprint; The Artists From a New Town. Reston Arts Center, VA. Curator: Deborah McLeod. 2005.
· Smithsonian Craft Show 2013, 2011.
· 100 Teapots. Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD. 2013 and 2004.
· Orton Cone Box Show. Lawrence, KS. 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002.
· Workhouse Clay National. Lorton Arts Foundation, Lorton, VA Ellen Shankin, juror. 2011.
· Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show 2010, 2009.
· Washington Craft Show. 2009.
· Sleight of Hand. Gallery 5. Richmond, VA. Kathy Emerson, Steven Glass, Jurors. 2008.
· Platters and Pourers. Baltimore Clayworks, Mt. Washington, MD. John Glick, Juror. 2008
· Molded Earth. Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA. Judith Weisman, Juror. 2007
· Mud, Straw & Sand. Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC. Binnie Fry, Juror. 2006
· Forms and Shapes: The Useful Teapot, AKAR Gallery, Iowa. Ron Meyers, Juror. 2006.
· International Juried Teapot Exhibition. Yixing Ceramics Museum, Yixing, PR China. 2005.
· 5th Annual National Juried Cup Show. Gallery 138, Kent State, Ohio. Juror; Renee Fairchild. 2005.
· Clay Cup X. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL. Juror: Virginia Scotchie. 2005.
· TFAC@30: A Juror’s Choice. Torpedo Factory, VA. Juror: Hester Stinnet, Dean, Tyler School of 2004.
· Cup: The Intimate Object II. Charlie Cummings Studio, Fort Wayne, IN. Juror: Julia Galloway. 2003.
· Ceramics USA. University of North Texas, Denton, TX. Juror: Doug Casebeer. 2003.
· Purchase Award, Conebox Show. 2010 and 2006.
· Finalist, Artist of the Year. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA. 2009.
· 2nd place, Sleight of Hand, Gallery 5, Richmond, VA. 2008.
· 2008 Strauss Fellowship Recipient, Arts Council of Fairfax County, Virginia. $3,000.
· Washington Post Top Picks: “Moieties” at Cross MacKenzie Ceramic Arts. October 2007.
· Emerging Artist, NCECA 2007.
· Award of Merit and Peer Choice, Booth Award. Piedmont Craftsmen Show, NC. 2006.
· Jon and Liz Porter Purchase Award --In Our Cups. SUNY. Juror: Ron Meyers 2005.
· Juror’s Choice, Ceramic Guild Annual Show, Scope Gallery, VA. Juror, Susan Filley. 2003.
· First Prize, Best Functional, and Juror’s Choice. Scope Gallery. Juror: Margaret Boozer. 2001.
· First Prize, Festival of Clay, Annandale, VA. Juror: Bob Devers, Corcoran School of Art. 1998.
Bowman House, Vienna. Ongoing; Lake Anne Art Center, Reston. 2000-04; Manassas Clay. 1998-2000.
2014: Earthworks, Kingston, RI; 2013: Glen Echo Hand Builders, MD; 2011 Clay Art Guild, Water Mill, NY; 2010 Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY; 2009: Roanoke Potters Guild, VA; 2008: Long Island Potters Guild, NY; 2006 Virginia Beach Clay Guild, VA; 2005: Shenandoah Valley Ceramic Guild; 2003: Mid-Atlantic, Clay Conference, VA.
· Home and Design Magazine. Jan/Feb 2014.
· “Washington Post Express”. Thursday November 15. 2010.
· 500 Pitchers. Spring 2006, Lark Books, Pub., Terry Gess, Juror.
· 500 Cups, Spring 2005. Lark Books, Pub., Tom and Elaine Coleman, Jurors.
· Clay Times, January/February 2004: “Give Me A little Attitude”, by K.T. Anders.
· Studio Potter, Jan ‘08: “Open Door Policy”
· Clay Times, March/April 2006: "Slab Happy"
· Pottery Making Illustrated, July/August 2005: “”Pitcher Perfect.”
· Ceramics Monthly, January 2004: “Home Away From Home.”
· NCECA 2003 Conference Journal: “The Kiln Doctors.”
· Clay Times, November 2001:”Mid Atlantic Clay Conference.”
· Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME. Past President, current. President: 2011-2015; Interim Executive Director: 2013; Vice President 2008-2011.
· Cub Creek Foundation Boar Member, Appomattox, VA 2007-2009.
· National Council on the Education of Ceramic Arts--Artist Auction Volunteer, 2005.
· Artist In Residence, Lake Anne Elementary School, Reston, VA. 1999—2004.
· Donating Artist: WPA-DC 2012, 2014. James Renwick Alliance 2009; Home Plates: DCJCC, 2008; Miriam’s Kitchen, 100 Bowls of Compassion, Washington, D.C., March 2002-2008; Empty Bowls 1994, 1995, 1997—2001, 2003, 2010-12; Potters For Peace Annual Sale 1999, 2002.
· BA, Modern European Studies, Smith College, Northampton, MA 1983.
· Principia Upper School, St Louis, MO 1979.
· Workshops: Hood College 1996-1998; Penland 1998, 2002,2012: Arrowmont: 1995.
- Cyan Clayworks, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2016.
- Givat Haviva, Israel, 2015.
- Camp David, Nashville, TN 2014.
- Surface Symposium, Arromont, TN 2013.
- Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, ME, 2009, 2005, 1999.
- Robert M. McNamara Foundation, ME, 2008.
- Guldagergaard, Denmark, 2003.