Heide Weidner studied ceramics at the University of Southern Indiana in the 1980s and has been working with clay and teaching clay ever since. Heide says about her love of working with clay: "Clay appeals to me. It is of the earth and over the years has absorbed parts of its surroundings: minerals, quartz, metal oxides, organic matter, and water. In other words, it is much like human beings who grow up and share in whoever and whatever touches them. When you lift up a cup or a plate—or whatever it is the artist made of clay—you are reminded of yourself and your endless possibilities."