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    vadenbetsy@gmail.com

    Artist's Statement
    I never cease to be fascinated by the mystery of clay and fire, however fire is provided. I am interested in detail and embellishment, and in glorifying some of the flora and fauna of the world.

    I love it when someone tells me "This piece speaks to me," or "It makes me smile whenever I see it." The creative process is what interests me: taking an idea, visualizing it, and then presenting it in tangible form. It is a great joy to share that creation with others.

    About The Artist

    Working mostly in stoneware and porcelain, Betsy creates both functional and sculptural pieces. She uses wheel-throwing, hand-building and sculpting techniques, often combining them to achieve a unique effect. She also uses a variety of firing processes, including electric kiln, wood and soda kiln, pit firing and raku. Animals and plants are a recurring subject in much of her work. Betsy is a member of the Red Clay Co-op, a cooperative clay studio in Carrboro, N.C.

    Betsy is represented by FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, the Clay Centre's Portfolios Gallery in Carrboro, N.C., and The Garage Gallery in Charlotte, N.C. Her other gallery representation has included Cedar Creek Gallery in Creedmoor, Studio E Gallery in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Tin Roof Studio in Highlands, N.C., Green Hill Center for Art in Greensboro, the Hillsborough Gallery of Art in Hillsborough, and The Nature Art Gallery in Raleigh, N.C. Betsy's work may also be seen at the annual "Local Color" show in Charlotte, and Orange County Artists Guild Open Studio Tour. Her work is in many private collections.

    Artist's Resume:

    Education & Ceramics Training

    BA Duke University, Design, 1971
    Graduate level courses in painting, printmaking, Massachusetts College of Art, 1972
    Printing, Layout and Design course, USDA Graduate School, 1975
    Various noncredit courses in painting and pottery taken at local art leagues, recreation departments and community colleges, Missouri, Virginia and Raleigh, N.C., 1973-93
    Pottery and Ceramic Sculpture classes with local instructors Cathy Kiffney, Barbara Higgins, Carmen Elliot, Doug Gilliam and Hollie Taylor, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1994-2003
    Workshops with national and international ceramic instructors, Ruth Ann Tudball, Kathy Triplett, Don Davis, John Calver, Leah Leitson, Silvie Granatelli, Leonora Coleman, Mark Peters, Michael Sherrill, Alan Bennett, Susan Filley, and Julia Galloway, 2002 -07, and with Kyu Yamamoto at Penland in 2008, Dina Wilde-Ramsing, Chris Campbell, Akira Satake

    Invitational & Juried Shows

    "Local Color" Show, The Garage Gallery, Charlotte, N.C. annually 2002 - present.

    Women's Law Initiative "Evening of Art", Charlotte, N.C. 2003

    "Through Women's Eyes, By Women's Hands", The Women's Center of Chapel Hill's annual statewide juried exhibition, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
; 2009, 2010

    The Women's Center Luncheon Crafts Show, 2007 & 2008

    N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Museum Staff/Volunteer Exhibition, The Nature Art Gallery, Raleigh, N.C. (juried) 2001 and 2005

    "Arts at the Meadow," Meadowmont in Chapel Hill, N.C., 2003 (juried by Orange County Artists Guild)

    Orange County Artists Guild Annual Open Studio Tour, Orange County, N.C., 2004-present

    Green Hill Center for Art, Greensboro, Winter Show Invitational, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2014

    "Arts on the Green", Southern Village in Chapel Hill, N.C. 2010 (juried by Orange County Artists Guild)

    "Tea Time: Series II", invitational show at N.C. Pottery Center, Seagrove, N.C. 2011

    National Teapot Show IX Invitational - Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, N.C. 2014

    "Resolutions 2015" Juried Show - Hillsborough Gallery of Art, Hillsborough, N.C. 2015

    Bank of the Arts Juried Exhibition - Craven Arts Council and Gallery, New Bern, N.C. 2015

    Cedar Creek Gallery Cupful Show - Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, N.C. 2015, 2016

    Professional Associations

    The Red Clay Co-op, Carrboro, N.C. 1998-present
    Orange County Artists Guild, N.C. 2003 -present

    Clayworks Guild of N.C. 2010 - present

    Carolina Clay Guild, N.C. 2003-2004

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