Heather Ossandon

Studio & Gallery

319 N.11th Street 3C Philadelphia, PA 19107

Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Ceramics/Mixed Media/
Sculpture + 3D

Artist's Biography

Heather creates ceramics that reflect her distinct background. Throughout her career, she has traveled through Asia, Central America, Europe and the United States. These experiences have cultivated techniques and methods that are incorporated into her studio practice. Focusing on functional pottery, and sculptural still lifes; traditional practices and everyday objects are the spotlight of her work. Ossandon operates HEOS Ceramics in Philadelphia, PA, and is a Visiting Assistant Professor and 3D Area Coordinator at Delaware State University. She has shown her artworks both nationally and internationally.

Artist's Statement

Experiences help to cultivate insight into the process and product. The object acts an intermediary, an integral part of the process. Utilitarian objects inscribe the ritual of the everyday, both in my life and in others. I am interested in how memories of people, places and things that, while initially foreign, are now inscribed in our histories - a visceral sense of plurality and community made real.

Selected Exhibitions

2014
Stoked: A Lifetime of the Wood Kiln, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA

2013
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

2011
Things & Places, Sherman Matsen Gallery, Randolph, NJ

Sustaining Spring, Art in the Age, Philadelphia, PA

2010
Now and Then, DVAA, Narrowsburg, NY

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

Borrowed Home, Random Tea Room, Philadelphia, PA

2007
Best Served Together, ClayHand Gallery, NYC, NY

2006
Home Grown, Nandi Gallery, Montclair, NJ

2005
Export China, Center Stage, Baltimore, MD

2004
International Invitational, Jindezhen University, PR China

Professional Experience

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

2013
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

Residencies

2013
Ceramics Studio Manager, Sugar Maples, Catskills Arts Foundation, Windham, NY

2012
Resident Assistant, Sugar Maples, Catskills Arts Foundation, Windham, NY

2009
Resident Anagama Assistant, Ryusei Arita, Mendocino, CA

Resident Assistant, Lookout Sculpture Park, Damascas, PA

2007
Artist in Residence, Rancho Mastatal, Mastatal, Costa Rica

2006
Artist in Residence, Peter’s Valley Art & Craft Center, Layton, NJ
Geraldine Dodge Foundation Grant

Resident Assistant, Lookout Sculpture Park, Damascas, PA

2004
Fellowship Residency, Sanbao Ceramic Studios, Jingdezhen, China

Education

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

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