Heide Weidner

Pine Hill Pottery

Heide Weidner studied ceramics at the University of Southern Indiana in the late 1970s and has been working with clay and teaching clay ever since. From time to time, she takes advantage of the great classes ACC offers during the year and especially in summer. From the beginning, she fell in love with hand-building although the majority of her pieces are made on the wheel. Several summers ago, a workshop with Lana Wilson at the ACC, introduced her to porcelain paper clay and colorful slips. Since then, her hand-built pieces have taken off into a weird and wild direction. This summer, 2021, she explored new ways of glazing at a Shakerag workshop under Barry Rhodes, finding her early impression of ceramics confirmed: There are always new clay countries to be explored. 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.”

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