About

 
 
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Mandy grew up in the Southern West Virginia town of Lewisburg where passing the time meant riding her bicycle, drawing, and playing with her family's animals. Her current work is informed by her early years by imagining common creatures with childlike features. She always had an affinity for the arts, participating in dance, piano, and theater.  She graduated with a BFA in Ceramics from West Virginia University in 2013.  While at WVU she focused on handbuilding and sculpture.  After she graduated, she worked as an apprentice in Morgantown, WV.  During her apprenticeship she focused on throwing and gained technical skills as a potter.  She taught beginner wheel throwing, handbuilding, and children's classes. She then moved to Pittsburgh, PA where she taught private wheel lessons and worked as a production potter. As of 2015, Mandy has lived in upstate New York. She worked as a ceramic artist in Buffalo, NY before moving East to the Fingerlakes to work as a resident artist at Main Street Arts and the Rochester Folk Art Guild.

 

EDUCATION

2013: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramics, University of West Virginia, Morgantown, WV

2007: Bachelor of Liberal Arts, History, University of West Virginia, Morgantown, WV

EXPERIENCE

2017-2018: Resident Artist, Rochester Folk Art Guild, Middlesex, NY

2017 Sep - Nov: Resident Artist, Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY

2015-2017: Studio Potter, Lafayette Clay Collective, Buffalo, NY

2015: Production Potter and Private Ceramic Instructor, Kiln 'N Time, Pittsburgh, PA

2013-2014: Apprentice, Zenclay Pottery Studio, Morgantown, WV

AWARDS

2017: Third Place, Ceramics and Pottery, 49th Annual Corn Hill Arts Festival, Corn Hill, Rochester, NY

INVITATIONAL and JURIED EXHIBITIONS

2018: Burchfield Penney Spring Sale, Burchfield Penney Art Center @ SUNY Buffalo Sate, Buffalo, NY

Keuka Arts Festival, Penn Yann, NY

WNY Pottery Festival, East Avon, NY

Corn Hill Arts Festival, Rochester, NY

Artists in Buffalo - Holiday Open, 1000 Elmwood, Buffalo, NY

Rochester Folk Art Guild Holiday Sale, Harley School, Rochester, NY

Burchfield Penney Christmas Sale, Burchfield Penney Art Center @ SUNY Buffalo Sate, Buffalo, NY

Holiday Art Sale, Lock House Studio, Morgantown, WV

2017: Geneva Holiday Market, Geneva, NY

Artists in Buffalo - Holiday Open, Lafayette Clay Collective, Buffalo, NY

Rochester Folk Art Guild Holiday Sale, Harley School, Rochester, NY

Spring Art Sale, Lock House Studio, Morgantown, WV

            Corn Hill Arts Festival, Rochester, NY

 2016: Burchfield Penney Spring Sale, Burchfield Penney Art Center @ SUNY Buffalo Sate, Buffalo, NY

            Elmwood Arts Festival, Buffalo, NY

            Clothesline Art Festival, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

            Artists in Buffalo - Holiday Open, Lafayette Clay Collective, Buffalo, NY

2015: Artists in Buffalo - Holiday Open, Lafayette Clay Collective, Buffalo, NY