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A Delicate Balancing Act

by Regina Farrell-Fagan, Exhibitions & Shop Manager at Clay Art Center

(photo courtesy of Regina Farrell-Fagen)
(photo courtesy of Regina Farrell-Fagen)
(photo courtesy of Regina Farrell-Fagen)

Recently, I had the privilege of enjoying some of our Clay Art Center artists, who opened up and talked about their processes, their inspirations and their goals. Their art is more than just an item – it’s a celebration of life. In these works also lies joy… and during this time, joy is a precious and valuable thing.

As an artist, I understand what not being able to get to the studio means for our artist members and students alike. My own personal artistic journey has become a delicate balancing act in recent years between making my clay work, my job, and being a mom, but I’m honored that all three of these things bring me joy. Recently, I introduced my five-year-old to Cone 10 porcelain, as I make my own bird sculptures, and his pieces sit proudly next to mine. We visit the Osprey nest nearby and go for walks and bring home pebbles, leaves and other treasures. In a time of suspended life, we need to find happiness in the little things to help us move on.

To find out about Clay Art Center’s virtual activities, classes and online shop, visit their website here.

A version of this article first appeared in the June issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews.

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