Philadelphia Art Alliance Blog

Battle of the Bowls, Artist Spotlight: Patricia Ingersoll and Beth Ireland

Patricia Ingersoll’s paintings have been exhibited in Pennsylvania, New York and throughout the U.S. She is represented in Pennsylvania museum collections, as well as in many private and corporate collections. In addition, Patricia has been a commissioned artist for the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program. Her 8 outdoor murals can be seen throughout various neighborhoods of the city. She is also a featured artist in the book, Philadelphia Murals and the Stories they tell. She has been a guest lecturer, has been featured in several publications and has appeared on television. She was the recipient of an Independence Foundation Fellowship in 2000 and created a large scale installation exhibition 3 locations from 2001-2002.

Beth Ireland is a 1979 graduate of State University College at Buffalo, where she received a Bachelors degree in Art Education. She has run Beth Ireland Woodworking since 1982. The company specializes in architectural woodturning, furniture and cabinetry. Beth has lectured, taught and demonstrated throughout New England, including a stint as Director of the Wood Program at Worcester Center for Crafts. Her artistic woodturnings have been seen in galleries throughout the United States and in publications such as Bead and Button, andDesign Book 7 by Taunton Press. She currently resides and works in Roslindale, MA.

Battle of the Bowls, Artist Spotlight, Heeseung Lee and Jim Loewer

Heeseung Lee uses the functional aspects of her vessels to create an entry point for viewers to go beyond the threshold of a utilitarian object and into the world of art. Lee plays with patterns from the stylized linear landscapes of Korean screen paintings, colors from Japanese lacquer-ware, and compositional arrangements from various Asian textiles to embellish her ceramic vessels. Lee is infatuated with the layering of pattern and textures, creating visual rhythm and energy, defining space, and alluding to the evidence of the passage of time. Ms. Lee received her B.F.A from the Maryland Institute College of Art.


Jim Loewer holds an undergraduate degree in painting from the University of California and a teaching degree from the University of South Carolina. He taught at various different schools for four years before devoting himself full-time to glass. He is self-taught through trial and error, focusing primarily on contemporary organic forms influenced by Japanese craft and the American studio glass movement.

Battle of the Bowls, Artist Spotlight: Giselle Hicks and Ayumi Horie

Giselle Hicks received her B.F.A in ceramics in 2001 from Syracuse University and her M.F.A in ceramics in 2010 from New York State College. She says of her work “My work is an abstraction of how I translate the expansive and complex experiences that take place within the home. What is retained from these experiences is reflected back in a series of memory traces that inform our behavior in the context of the next experience. As a result, a pattern emerges which shapes our identity.” Giselle has participated in various solo, two person, and group exhibitions including “Hello/Goodbye” at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, and “Encore” at Baltimore Clayworks.

Ayumi Horie received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 1991, her B.F.A. in ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1996, and her M.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Washington in 2000. Ayumi works as a studio potter in the Hudson Valley of New York, about 2 hours north of New York City. She has taught workshops and given lectures at many universities, art centers and residencies in the U.S. and abroad, including the Archie Bray Foundation, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Greenwich House Pottery, Penland School of Crafts, Peter’s Valley, Arrowmont School of the Arts and Crafts,  the Northern Clay Center, and the International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark. Since 2004, she has been on the board of directors at the Archie Bray Foundation, where she was a resident for two years between 1996 and 1998. Her work is in various collections throughout the US.