Grace Sheese, 2017.
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Grace Sheese
Grace Sheese teaches ceramics at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL, where she lives with her husband and son.  Using ordinary animals and objects, Grace and her pots tell small, everyday stories about her life, her friends' lives, observations she makes and whatever else may pop into her head.

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Optimism, 2015. Porcelain and decals, thrown and altered, fired at Cone 6, 03, and 014 in oxidation. 3.75 x 4 x 3.5 in. Photograph by Grace Sheese.
My small sculptures, drawings, and decals became characters while the protrusions, dangles, colors, lines, and drips became settings and props.
Ingredients, 2014. Porcelain and decals, 1.75 x 5.25 in. Photograph by Grace Sheese.
My epiphany of appreciation for a mass-produced pot significantly shaped the way I think about and value my own work. Not only did my reaction to it change my process, but it also altered my philosophy regarding surface decoration and form.