Liz Proffetty Ceramics

Artist Statement:

Each one of my pieces reflects the ethereal and evolving scenery of Maine’s natural landscapes. From the vibrant green mosses and pine forests of spring, the hazy fields of wildflowers on the hottest days of midsummer, the salt marshes and seashores at sunset, the red and rocky blueberry fields in autumn, and the sleeping winter worlds laying dormant under blankets of heavy snow. In addition to imagery each piece is created in a manner that enables the user to feel the physical effort and joy put forth in its making. Every object’s surface offers individual texture and form. Through the incised lines of my tools, the sweeping of liquid clay from my brush, and the impressions and folds from the work of my hands, a piece is created that is truly and wholly unique in a way machine manufacturing can never authentically replicate. 

About Liz Proffetty, Newcastle, ME.

Owner/Teacher of Neighborhood Clay

Liz moved to Maine to attend Maine College of Art (formerly Portland School of Art) in 1985, where she majored in both printmaking and ceramics.  Upon gradation she worked as a production potter  in a small pottery shop  in Damariscotta, Maine. The repetition suited her desire to improve her skills with clay, but over time she realized she loved passing that knowledge on to others too. She went back to school to become a teacher, earning certificates in both Elementary Education and K-12 Art. She has been teaching ceramics for 20 years in various settings from public schools, MudMobile Instructor for Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and from her home studio. She also continues making her own work and sells it at Neighborhood Clay and few selective shops and galleries.