I am an independent studio potter working in porcelain.

I strive to make elegant, minimalist work that enhances daily living. As a self-taught potter, I enjoy problem solving. My passion for ceramics, which began in my childhood, drives my never-ending curiosity to develop new ideas.

Organic elements in nature such as flowers, fruits, seeds, shells, plants and cells inform my work, especially as they arc through stages of life from embryonic to decay and death. I am interested in the play of shadow and light, and the contrast of soft and hard in clay forms. The varied metaphorical nuances in nesting sets, such as family, security, comfort, and aging intrigue me as well. I work in a commercial porcelain clay body, which I fire to 1260 degrees centigrade in an electric kiln. I mix my own glazes, which have micro-crystals that reflect light, like the glow of wet skin.

I favor porcelain because the way it records touch, captures shadow and reveals purity. It has a smooth texture as a result of densely layered particles that are a cousin of glass. Porcelain is an ancient material, originating in Asian ceramics. I marvel at the beauty and constancy of objects from these ancient dynasties. Porcelain is a wonderful material for tableware because it is lovely to hold, and is strong and durable.

I work with this finicky clay body because it holds a duality of being delicate and resilient, making it a perfect material to capture human touch frozen in time. Porcelain resonates with the pressure of a finger, a swipe of a palm, a squeeze of a hand, the pressure of air and heat, and the movement of water.

Learn more about porcelain

 

See my work in person:

Studio by appointment: 56 Yarmouth Road, Wellesley, Massachusetts

Worcester Center for Craft, 25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, Massachusetts

 

Curriculum Vitae

Elizabeth Cohen
56 Yarmouth Road
Wellesley, Massachusetts, 02481

617-775-9734

elizabethcohenpottery.com

Elizabeth@elizabethcohenpottery.com

 

EDUCATION

1990 Simmons College, M.A.T. English

1988 Tufts University, B.A. English

 

EXHIBITIONS

2019

Craft Boston, Boston, Massachusetts

Worcester Center for Craft “Cup Show” and “Bowl Show”

2018

Craft Boston, Boston Massachusetts

Society for Arts and Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts, “Life Cycle”

Worcester Center for Craft, “Cup Show” and “Bowl Show”

2017

Worcester Center for Craft, Worcester, Massachusetts,“Cup Show” and “Bowl Show”

2016

Dana Hall School, “The Nature of Beauty, the Beauty of Nature”, Wellesley, Massachusetts

River Oaks Arts Center, Alexandria, Louisiana, ”Old Friends, New Work” 

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts, “Pushing Boundaries”

Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Mikveh and Education Center, Newton, Massachusetts, Vessels: Holiness in Hand

Worcester Center for Craft, “Cup Show” and “Bowl Show”, Worcester, Massachusetts

2014

Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, Lexington, Massachusetts, “The State of Clay”, juror Linda Arbuckle

PS Gallery, Columbia, Missouri, “Late Fall Exhibition”

Mississippi Center for Craft, Ridgeland, Mississippi, “Burns Invitational” 2013

The Beehive, Boston, Massachusetts, “Sharp and Blurry”

Harvard University Arnold Arboretum, Cambridge, Massachusetts, “Artists in the
Arboretum”

Burns Studio, “Burns Invitational”, Natchez, Mississippi

2012

Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, Lexington, Massachusetts, “The State of Clay
2012“, juror Doug Casebeer

2011

Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, Texas,”Materials Hard and Soft 2011“, juror Tom Lauerman

Bemidji Community Art Center, Bemidji, Minnesota,”Its Only Clay 2011“, juror Simon Levin

2010

Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, “Strictly Functional Clay National“, juror Bill van Guilder

St. Petersburg Clay, St. Petersburg, Florida, “Last Call”, jurors Matthew Schiemann and Adam Youngbluth

Lincoln Arts and Culture Foundation, Lincoln, California, “Feats of Clay”, juror Bill van Guilder, Merit Award and Purchase Award

Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota, “3rd Biennial Concordia Continental”, juror Wil Shynkaruk

Terra Incognito Gallery, La Grange, Illinois, “Pour”, juror David Toan

University for Women, Columbus, Mississippi, “Functional Relationships”, jurors Matt Long and Robert Long

 

COLLECTIONS

Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts

 

WORKSHOPS

2020

Snow Farm, Williamsburg, Massachusetts, “Throwing with Porcelain”

2016

River Oaks Arts, Alexandria, Louisiana, Throwing with Porcelain”

2013

Wesleyan Potters, Middletown, Connecticut, “Throwing Organic Forms”

Expressions, East Granby, Connecticut, “Throwing Organic Forms”

 

TEACHING

2020

Creator and Teacher of Virtual Ceramic Classes, grades K-12

2010-Present

Private instruction, children and adults

2019

Presenter, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Annual Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, “Teaching Deaf/Blind Students”

2016

Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, Massachusetts, Deafblind educator

2013-15

Wellesley High School, Wellesley, Massachusetts

2012

Ten Acre Day School, Wellesley, Massachusetts,

 

JUROR 

Studio Potter Award, 2013 NCECA Student K-12 Exhibition, Houston, Texas Studio Potter Award, 2013

NCECA Higher Education Student Exhibition, Houston, Texas

 

PUBLICATIONS

2019

National Council on Education of the Ceramic Arts, Annual Conference Magazine, “Teaching Deaf/Blind Students”

2018

The Studio Potter Journal, “Education” Issue, “Working with Deaf and Blind
Students”

2014

New England Home Magazine, “Surfaces” feature, Nov/Dec 2012 Wellesley-Weston Magazine, Fall

2011

The Studio Potter Journal, “Failure” Issue, “Befriending Failure”

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Studio Potter Journal, 2011-15, Secretary, Vice President, and President

Get in touch

I welcome inquiries about commissioned work both residential and commercial, as well as workshop and other teaching opportunities.