"I guess it's the imperfection in nature that I like," Seidenberg-Ellis said.
She tries to capture those imperfections in her artwork made from clay slabs that are then assembled and fired in her electric kiln for roughly 16 hours at 2,200 degrees.
Some of her pieces, though, are wood fired, and those will be featured Friday at
Her work has been featured in local, state and national shows, including the Strictly Functional Pottery National and the Pennsylvania State Museum Craft Show in
This marks the first time Seidenberg-Ellis is a featured artist, an opportunity she is excited about.
But she has had a passion for pottery since she was a young girl in
From there, she took classes in high school, then moved on to study biology at
During her time in
"They have an aesthetic where they really like the imperfect part of nature, like the things that are a little off balance," she said. "I think they value that in their culture."
Her pottery reflects this ideal. One of her cups, for example, is asymmetrical, both rough and smooth, dark and light, with deep and shallow textures.
Seidenberg-Ellis considers herself lucky to be able to split her time working at her home studio and working with her husband, Dr.
"It is nice to be able to get out of my studio and drive into
While she has future plans to sell her unique items online, she is a resident artist at
When she is not working on art or in the research laboratory, Seidenberg-Ellis enjoys spending time outdoors and with her teenage son.
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