The Connecticut Clay Artists

Katie Tynan Helú previous

Katie Tynan Helú


Starting at age four or five, I spent endless hours sculpting castles in my sandbox at home, and I've never stopped wanting to create. I began making pots at Ohio State University, where I was a fine arts major, and continued my studies in Environmental Design at the Philadelphia College of Art. My love of pottery prevailed, and I ultimately set up my own studio where I produce handbuilt slab vessels and wheel-thrown pots. I have always loved the feel of clay and its supple flexibility. Some of my functional work takes on a sculptural quality as I have gradually moved towards altering my wheel-thrown pieces. Pots are very alive, conveying the essence of the potter's hands. The potter and the pot interact in every step of the process, from the formation of the initial slab or ball of clay, to the layered application of glaze, culminating in the subtle depth of color which is brought out through the firing process.

This process, which I love so much, has shaped my life in many ways. In 1980 I became one of the founding members of The Connecticut Clay Artists and have held various offices in the organization. For fourteen years I have had the joy of teaching beginning pottery at the former Wooster Community Art Center in Danbury. Now I work exclusively from my home in Ridgefield. My work has appeared in numerous shows and in Ceramics Monthly magazine.

Artist Statement

"It is in a quiet and centered atmosphere where creativity begins and clay is nurtured, that the clay becomes what it is." - Katie

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Katie Tynan Helú • Ridgefield, CT • •
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