Biography

Inspired by her high school art teacher, Ginny went on to major in art and art education with concentrations in pottery and metalsmithing at Northern Illinois University. Ginny moved to Big Stone Gap, VA and became the first art teacher the school district had ever hired and taught 800 elementary school children every year for 3 years. Yearning to delve deeper into her own creativity, she left teaching children, bought a potter’s wheel and electric kiln and started her life journey as a full-time artist. Ginny worked 15 years as a full-time potter, built a gas kiln, and sold her work in her store/studio, in gift stores, and traveled to art/craft shows. Ginny taught pottery in her studio, and also at Mountain Empire Community College. After arriving in Boston, she set aside pottery for a while and worked full time for a master woodworker. Learning to use the tools of the trade and the properties of the materials, she designed and built furniture and cabinets. She uses those skills in her metalsmithing, pottery, and display applications. and uses her drawing skills and an affinity for problem solving to bring her ideas to life.

Artist Statement

Ginny loves transforming her materials into something functional and beautiful. She is inspired by the malleableness of clay and metals and finds her joy in creating wearable and useable art objects. Her goal is to create beautiful things to cheer others on their life's Journey. Ginny named her work "Redeemed Earth Pottery" and, "Jewels for the Journey" because when life gets really difficult, we all need reminders that we are beautiful and there is hope. Ginny has long believed that doing art is healing, life giving and peacemaking, and that the world is better off when people are able to make things. She agrees with Dostoyevsky who said, "Beauty will save the world".

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