Art – Ceramics
Connie has taught children’s and adult clay classes in hand building, wheel throwing and sculpture at Multnomah Arts Center for over ten years. She is committed to teaching because she loves to see people blossom creatively, and to witness the joy and excitement people of all ages experience when they work with clay. In addition to Multnomah Arts Center she has taught ceramics at Portland State University, Clark College, PCC, Reed College and University of Washington, including glaze formulation and ceramic design as well as beginning and advanced ceramic techniques. She has done several art projects at Outside In youth center including a ceramic tile mural, and has taught in the Artists in the Schools and the Talented and Gifted Programs. Her education in ceramics includes study with Erik Gronborg at Reed College, Patti Warashina and Akio Takamori at University of Washington, and an MFA from Portland State University where she worked with Ray Grimm.
Connie has been a ceramic artist in Portland for many years, and has a studio in her home. Her work focuses on themes of nature and the senses, including figures along with tree, leaf and animal motifs. She has found inspiration in her garden and pets as well as the greater world of nature. She enjoys playful experimentation with shape and color, and often uses ceramics as a medium for drawing and painting. As well as ceramics, she draw and paints watercolors, and experiments with textiles and multimedia works.