A lifetime resident of Connecticut, Ros Liljengren studied art education at SCSU and has taught in the Stamford Public Schools, privately at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, and is currently employed in the Westport Public Schools, teaching Art for K-5th grade. She has also studied pottery through the Massachusetts College of Art and the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
She has enjoyed the challenge of working with children and adults, imparting a love of the visual arts, and clay art in particular. She knows the importance of being a working artist, which lends authenticity to her work as an educator.
Ros's works, inspired by her love of nature, have been included in many craft shows, sold wholesale to local shops, and exhibited in a wide variety of places. She was associated with the Danbury Fair Art Barn and now participates in the annual Hospice Benefit at Boehringer-Ingelheim. As a member of CCA since 2008, she contributes enthusiastically to its professional exhibits.
I fell in love with clay in high school, finding the material much more versatile and satisfying than the mud I used for "pies" in my earliest days. I've had incredible opportunities to grow as a clay artist, working now with stoneware clays, creating functional ware and sculptural pieces. I like to incorporate organic interpretations of classic pottery pieces, highlighting clay's incredible potentials. I see it as a way of personally connecting to God's creation and the earth's bounty. Textural applications and the use of natural colors for glaze are a means of enhancing my pieces, which are thrown on the potter's wheel and hand built. They are my personal "preservations of nature."