About Heather

Views of life outside the studio 💕 ...

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May the kiln gods be kind. 😊 ...

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I’m sorry to say the clear glaze on these mugs bubbled. I tried grinding down the bubbles with a dremel, touching up and re-firing several times. 🙁 I have now purchased a brand new gallon of commercial clear glaze for the next batch of mugs so hoping for more success next time. ...

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Happy window cat. ...

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Our shop will be opening at 2pm as opposed to 11am on Thursday, May 26. Our Sculpture Trail will be open 9am-dusk. ...

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On my evening walk, I cut home along this bucolic walking trail. The light was magical. ...

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Works in progress! Earthenware mugs with underglaze painting on them. I’m having lots of fun in the studio this week. ...

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Tiles and mugs. Works in progress. 😊 ...

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A glimpse of brightness on a grey day. ...

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More tiles fresh from the kiln. Each tile has a wire hanger on the back. Our shop is open anytime by appointment in April. Our shop hours resume May 1st. #marthasvineyardartist ...

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I unloaded a glaze kiln today. 😊 ...

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I finished tiling my kitchen sink backsplash and window sill today - and I baked some bread. 😊
Most of the tiles are mine, but I did tuck in 5 by Argus Brugge. I love their work and I really like it combined with my painterly tile designs.

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Experimenting - Building up layers of underglaze and then carving through with sgraffito tool. 😊 ...

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Work in progress.. snapshots from the studio today. ...

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Studio companion ...

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Two of our dogs. 😊 a study in contrasts. ...

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I gave myself permission to play with paint and my gelli plate - as a way to unclog and loosen up before starting new 2022 projects in the ceramic studio. I was feeling particularly blocked, so forcing myself to pull quick mono-prints was a great exercise. When I’m really blocked and/or rusty, I revert back to drawing in a style that I used in my late teens - 40 years ago. 😊 This exercise was about turning off the brain and tuning out the critical internal voice. ...

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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)