Heather Ossandon

Studio & Gallery

Philadelphia, PA

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Ceramics/Mixed Media/
Sculpture + 3D

Artist's Statement

Histories in the Shape of a Pot
Experiences help to cultivate insight into the process and the product. The object is an intermediary, an integral part of a process. The functional object is innately speaking of utility, design, aesthetics, and ethos of the times. Utilitarian objects inscribe the ritual of the everyday, both in my life and for others.

Though everyone indeed has a story to tell, I feel that my initial experiences have indelibly fueled my search and processes in life and art. Having been born in the Philippines, later moving to England, and eventually settling in the land of New Jersey, I have memories of people, places and things that, while initially, foreign, are now inscribed in my own history - a visceral sense of plurality and community made real in my art. These influences were the critical starting point for my work with identity, community, place, and history.

Through seeking out the “roots” of the ceramics tradition, in travel and method, I was exposed not only to process – digging, milling, firing clay, but also the lifestyles and societies that surround them. These pots embody the spirit of those techniques, peoples, and places through my travels in Mexico, Central America, The US and China.

The process of wood, salt, and soda create a surface through the method of production, taking the final surface aesthetic out of the hands of the artist, and into the flame. Adversely, the use of slips, under-glazes, carvings, and paint enable me to dress, adorn, and personify the pots.

The goal of my work is to ask questions, tell stories, and create dialogue. The pots become the narrative of their methods, influences, and ideas.

Selected Exhibitions

Stoked: A Lifetime of the Wood Kiln, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA

The Mug Show, RTR & Curiosity Shop, Philadelphia, PA

Electric, Wood, Love, Salon 1522, Philadelphia, PA

Artist for a Shore Cause, M.T. Burton Gallery, LBI, NJ

The Nina, the Pinta & the Santa Maria, Sherman Matsen Gallery, Randolph, NJ

Things & Places, Sherman Matsen Gallery, Randolph, NJ

Sustaining Spring, Art in the Age, Philadelphia, PA

Now and Then, DVAA, Narrowsburg, NY

The Dinner Party, Fork, Etc., Philadelphia, PA

Borrowed Home, Random Tea Room, Philadelphia, PA

Best Served Together, ClayHand Gallery, NYC, NY

Home Grown, Nandi Gallery, Montclair, NJ

Export China, Center Stage, Baltimore, MD

International Invitational, Jindezhen University, PR China

Professional Experience

Artist, Owner, The Chase Studios, LLC, Newark, DE

Clay Arts Teacher, Village of Arts & Humanitites, Philadelphia, PA

2009 - 2013
Adjunct Professor, County College of Morris, Randolph, NJ

2008 - 2009
Ceramics Insrtuctor, The Ceramic Shop, Philadelphia, PA

2007 - 2008
Manager/Instructor, Supermud Pottery Studio, New York, NY

2000 - 2005
Head of Ceramics, Nandi School of Art, Montclair, NJ

2004 - 2006
Artist Assistant, Mac Adams, LLC, Montclair, NJ

Studio Assistant, YWCA: Craft Students’ League, New York, NY

2000 - 2004
Studio Assistant, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

2000 - 2002
Head of Ceramics, Camp Robindel for Girls, Center Harbor, NH


Ceramics Studio Manager, Sugar Maples, Catskills Arts Foundation, Windham, NY

Resident Assistant, Sugar Maples, Catskills Arts Foundation, Windham, NY

Resident Anagama Assistant, Ryusei Arita, Mendocino, CA

Resident Assistant, Lookout Sculpture Park, Damascas, PA

Artist in Residence, Rancho Mastatal, Mastatal, Costa Rica

Artist in Residence, Peter’s Valley Art & Craft Center, Layton, NJ
Geraldine Dodge Foundation Grant

Resident Assistant, Lookout Sculpture Park, Damascas, PA

Fellowship Residency, Sanbao Ceramic Studios, Jingdezhen, China


2013 - present
University of Delaware, DE
MFA candidate, Studio Art

1999 - 2004
Montclair State University, NJ
BFA, Studio Art, Cum Laude