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Heather Hillard

Heather Hillard

Heather Hillard

Instructor: Heather Hillard

March 27 – May 15, 2018
Tuesdays for eight weeks, 5:30pm–8:30pm,
Plus two hours of independent study on Thursdays, 6:00pm–8:00pm

All levels

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You may register online until two weeks prior to class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


An eight-week class involving beginning to intermediate level techniques for both wheel throwing and hand building. Students may choose to do their own work or follow the class curriculum. We will discuss aesthetic theory and various surface decoration throughout the course. Class includes firings for all work made in class. Clay must be purchased.


I have been playing with clay since I was young, however, I only started seriously pursuing my desire to become a sculptor two years ago. As a nature lover passionate about marine conservation, I pursued a career as a marine biologist for almost 10 years. I completed a bachelors of science in biology at The College of William and Mary and a masters of science in biology from California State University, Northridge, during which I studied the effects of climate change on coral reefs and kelp forests. However, throughout my high school, college and post college days, I kept ceramics as a hobby and studied under Jerry Mahle, Marlene Jack, Ed Higa and Rochelle Lum.

At the end of 2016, I decided to switch careers from marine ecology and conservation to art. Since then, I have worked with Julie Anderson in her studio in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and I completed a year as a post-baccalaureate student under Scott Parady at Sacramento State University.

My love of wildlife and my fascination with studying animals in their environment has become the greatest sources of inspiration for my art. Art and ecology are one and the same to me; both are the study of animals in their environment. I seek to build sculptures that explore the intricate and delicate relationships between humans and nature. In general, I tend to work in two modes: 1) conceptually and 2) abstractly. While working conceptually, I focus on an environmental issue that I am familiar with and how I can confront the issue in my artwork. When working abstractly, I will let my intuition and inspiration from nature guide my hands. I enjoy responding to the clay and letting the pieces take on a life of their own. My obsession with coral textures and other textures found in nature usually find their way into these biomorphic sculptures.

In trying to communicate complex relationships between humans and nature, I ultimately seek to balance realism with abstraction and inspire critical thought about the environment. I hope to not only bring a little bit of the underwater world to the public but also dissolve the communication barrier between scientists and society.

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Tuition: $300
Includes firings, two hours independent studio time each week on Thursdays, 6:00pm–8:00pm. Clay must be purchased.


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$300: Tuition (Tuesdays, 5:30pm–8:30pm, for five weeks, plus two hours of independent study per week on Thursdays, 6:00pm–8:00pm)


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