About Heather

So happy Lucy Vincent is open past 7 pm again so that we can watch the moon rise there. It was magical. ...

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Yesterday, my beloved partner, Bill and I had a potluck, pizza party wedding. With the help of friends and family, we gathered tables and benches, strung lights, and transformed Island Folk Pottery (our home, pottery shop and sculpture trail) into a sparkling stage for joyful celebration. I made the pizza dough and Bill manned the outdoor oven. Delicious food was contributed by all. We could not have asked for a more perfect day. I am so grateful for the teamwork that helped to make our wedding truly special. ❤️ ...

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Our pottery shop will be closed on Saturday, September 11th, but we will be open Sunday the 12th and Monday the 13th from 11-5. The sculpture trail is open every day from 9-5. ...

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Birthday morning walk at Lucy Vincent beach with my beloved. @madpottermv ...

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Trying out a majolica technique- painting colorant over a white glaze. ...

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Just finished unloading a glaze kiln with some of the tile designs that I had sold out of. Our shop hours are 11-5, Wednesday- Saturday and 2-5 on Sunday. ...

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Misty early morning walk. ...

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My parents’ dog. 😊 ...

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I am covering the foundation of our home, but by bit, with my tiles. These are mortared, but not grouted yet. ...

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Misty late afternoon walk. ...

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Shop Tour May 30, 2021. A quick tour of what I have in inventory this Memorial Day weekend. Thank you for watching! If you see anything that interests you, I’m happy to send photos. I’m happy to ship.😊the shop is open anytime by appointment or Wednesday- Saturday from 11-5, Sunday from 2-5. We are open Memorial Day from 11-5. ...

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Unloaded a glaze kiln this morning! Our Patrons on Patreon.com get the first preview. I’ll post tomorrow a video of the new work. ...

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Different tiles set out to dry. The ones on the left are edge tiles - so that I can finish tiling the window sills in my home. ...

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Heather’s works in clay and collage pull from her imagination, her memories, and her surrounding. She feels pulled to creating pieces with narrative that resonate with her stories, both internal and external.

Education and Honors

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Design/Ceramics
    The University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA 1991-1993
    Suma Cum Laude, Chancellor’s List

    The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, 1987-1988
  • Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy, 1983 and 1987
    The 1987 Gillian Award Scholarship
  • New York University in France, Paris, France, 1984
    Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, 1984 (study in Tours France), 1983 – 1984 (on campus)

Professional Experience / Internet

  • Sole Proprietor, Goffgrafix Web Development, 1997 – 2020.
  • Member of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Internet Development Team, September 1999 – April 2000 part time
  • Full time graphic web design and programming for International Compliance Systems, Inc., April 2000 – April 2001
  • Member of Katewood Group Web Site Development Team, March 2001 – 2003 part time
  • Lead Web Designer for Martha’s Vineyard Online (mvol.com), September 2001 – 2003

Professional Experience / Visual Design

  • Assistant Ceramic Professor, Studio Art Centers International, Florence 1984 .
  • Installation Artist, Area Night Club, New York City, 1986
  • Ceramist, Illustrator 1985-1999
  • Sole Proprietor, Folk Tiles, a decorative tile manufacturing company, 1993-2000

Lectures and Seminars Given

  • Creating A Successful Web Presence, Part of a 3 woman panel, The Martha’s Vineyard Women’s Network (2011)
  • The University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, Alumni Lecture Series (1998)
  • The Wareham High School, Wareham, MA, Workshop in Tile Making for Students (1998)
  • The University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, Workshop in Tile Making for Ceramic Undergraduates (1997)

Exhibitions for Clay and Painting / Solo

  • The Vineyard Playhouse, Vineyard Haven, MA (2017)
  • The A Gallery, Oak Bluffs, MA (2014)
  • The Field Gallery, West Tisbury, MA (1994,1995,1996,1998)
  • The Wrenn Gallery, Vineyard Haven, MA (1990)
  • The Goff’s Gallery, North Tisbury, MA (1985)

Exhibitions for Clay and Painting / Group

  • The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA (1995, 1996, 1997)
  • The Ferrin Gallery, Northhampton, MA (1989,1993, 1995)
  • The Field Gallery, West Tisbury, MA (1992, 1993)
  • The Wooden Tent Gallery, Vineyard Haven, MA (1993)
  • Studio 244, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Gallery, (1993)
  • Barrows Tea Company, New Bedford, MA (1992)
  • The Artist’s Cooperative, Vineyard Haven, MA (1991)
  • The Wrenn Gallery, Vineyard Haven, MA (1990)
  • Starr Gallery, Newton, MA (1990)
  • The Neo Persona Gallery, New York City (1986, 1990)
  • The Clay Pot, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY (1990)
  • Civilization Gallery, New York City (1987)
  • The Strozzi Palace, Florence, Italy (1985)