In college, an elective ceramics class stole my attention away from the writing I went there to study. The studio was raw and dirty, and I was allowed to explore creativity in a way I could never have imagined. Wheel throwing and raku firing were my primary passions, but I was willing to experiment with almost anything clay could throw at me. After college, I spent 4 years at the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works as a production tile and mosaic maker. The history of the Arts & Crafts movement opened my eyes to surface pattern and my creative process opened wider than ever. The pieces hanging here represent my exploration into using crystal clear epoxy resin in place of mortar to secure clay elements into a frame. Also in the mix are pieces made with reclaimed wood panels.
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Ceramic artist Evelyn Taylor Bonner earned a BFA in Studio Arts/Ceramics and Art Education from Syracuse University. After 6 years of teaching and production tile-making, she returned to SU for an MS from the Newhouse School of Public Communications. She spent 17 years as an arts marketing professional at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts while scraping together a side-line jewelry design business. In 2015, Evelyn was able to turn her full-time attention to her home studio. She resides in Collingswood, NJ with her artist husband and creative partner Chris Bonner.