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.
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