Philadelphia Art Alliance Blog

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.


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