Gwen Heffner

I come from a family of musicians and grew up in an environment rich in the arts, as well as the vibrant natural world that is the blessing of rural living. Creating mainly functional pots, I often alter the symmetry of the wheel and delve into sculptural realms. I allow the softness and whiteness of porcelain to speak, firing the work with matte glazes in either oxidation or soda/salt atmospheres. My work continues to get simpler and simpler. I am aware of volume, curves and inside space more, and my printmaking background is given free rein when I draw and carve low relief imagery on the altered and flattened surfaces of my pots - a reflection of the beauty I find around me on the ridge where I live in Kentucky.