Tatara Anne Siegel

My grandmother taught me how to throw on a pottery wheel at the age of 6. Creativity and art has been a part of my life ever since.

Left: "Ship to: somewhere I don't have to face them". Materials- ceramic cardboard box. Right: "Travel w/Care". Material is glass packing peanuts and glass bubble wrap (photo provided).

 I am a Fort Worth based artist. I received my B.F.A from the University of Texas at Arlington in Glass and my M.F.A. from the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology in Glass. I am currently the Artistic Coordinator/ Instructor at SiNaCa Studios School of Glass. My grandmother taught me how to throw on a pottery wheel at the age of 6. Creativity and art has been apart of my life ever since. I come from a long line of artist, art educators, gallery owners and collectors. I am a mixed media artist, some materials include clay, glass, wood, and metal. I have had art displayed in Lybster, Scotland, Berkeley CA, Brooklyn, NY and in many private collections. My inspiration comes from everything and everyone around me.

My teaching philosophy as an educator is simple, trust your instincts and your gut, “where there is a will, there is always a way” and failure is a balance to success that is necessary in order to understand life. My current area of interest is in psychological defense mechanisms. These are psychological tools we inherently use to protect ourselves from internal and external stress. I create tromp le oie objects. These are objects that mimic real objects, but there material sensibilities have been changed/challenged, ( i.e CERAMIC cardboard). I recreate very specific objects that relate to our psychological defenses.

"Entry 5/1-5/22/14". Ceramic notebook paper and glass pencil (photo provided).