About Heather

The week leading up to my birthday, I rearranged, organized, purged, and cleaned out this space. Now let the fun begin! 💕 ...

An assortment of the pieces unloaded today. 🌸🌸🌸 I was trying out various techniques and these vessels all went through three firings as different glazes fire to different temperatures. I had fun with these! ...

The joy of summer flowers!! ❤️ ...

Decorating pots today… blissful 💕 ...

I am thrilled and honored to be included with my husband @madpottermv and our sculpture trail @islandfolkpottery in this beautiful compilation showcasing various creative folk on Martha’s Vineyard. Thank you @twislandgirl @amandabenchley @elizabeth.cecil The book is breathtaking #vineyardfolk ...

Spring in my neighborhood. 💕 ...

Spring window. This is a photo but doesn’t it look painterly? Chilmark, MA ...

I don’t know if any of you are like me but when I am confronted with a blank store-bought pad of expensive paper, I freeze up and that’s why I’ve always been so much more comfortable experimenting and working on craft paper or cut-up paper bags even because it just allows me to release.

I revisited a daily practice over a month ago of drawing and experimenting everyday in a journal and I made myself a junk Journal out of cardboard and craft paper, just to give myself freedom to do whatever I want and not worry about wasting expensive precious supplies.

It’s been so fantastic and liberating, I’m really grateful and I’m hoping to continue every day just doing something in the journal because I think it’s helping massage those creative muscles and helping me improve my drawing as well. I’m amazed how often I need reminding about the importance of a daily practice.
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February and March on the island are very introspective times. Donald Nitche runs a bimonthly poetry drop-in via zoom in the winter with the help of a grant from the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council and our local libraries and I had the good fortune to join the mid February session. It opened a flood gate of poems in me, and here is one of them.

THE REAR VIEW MIRROR

I look up from the road’s curve,
rimmed with stone walls, leaning trees,
and history
 
to see your bumper in my rear-view mirror,
muscled as a bully,
the proud logo centered.
 
And I wish you wouldn’t.
crowd and push me faster
with your impatience.
 
Don’t you realize how hard I’ve worked at slowing down? on these country lanes in this small community,
 
the struggle to unclench lists of expectations propelling me always past the now,
to fight free of the hurry-up current
and find the quiet, unique, drift
of a hometown,
 
to look up, allowing my gaze to be an invitation,
and listen for the layered notes of the story outside my head -
a shared harmony.
 
to notice that connection is as necessary and profound as breath.
 
I am opening a space inside myself, expansive enough to hold us all,
with room for conversation and kindness,
for messiness and reverence,
a cathedral of stillness and wonder.
 
Please do not hurry me.
I am going the speed limit.
 
Heather Goff
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I set up one of our outdoor folding tables next to the wood stove and when I sit at it, I feel like I’m sitting in a cafe somewhere. It’s been a great spot to write and sketch. 😊 ...

My eldest granddaughter stayed with us for her school break and her sisters and mom joined her for the weekend. I had a lovely week of baking, UNO, and sketching young models. ...

Some incredibly talented customers of mine built a cocktail table and inset some of my painterly tile series in it!! 😊 ...

Little dog - Big dog ...

I am honored to have some if my tapestry tile designs installed as accents in this kitchen!! ...

One thing I love about cold, raw, wet days is the excuse to light a fire in the morning. It makes the house so cozy! The dogs love it too. 💕💕 ...

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)