Dr. Polly Wolfe received a BA in Psychology from Beloit College (Wisconsin), an MA in Ceramics from Central Michigan University and, at the age of 50, a PHd from Purdue University in Art Education.
Between the first and second degrees, she became enamored to pottery. As a result, she pursued her MA in Ceramics, than built a studio above the garage along with a large gas kiln. Exhibiting locally and regionally, she enjoyed a modicum of success at that time..
Moving seven times following spousal career choices provided a different path: Art Education. For a number of years in three different states, she taught Art in elementary and high schools. Finally she pursued a PhD to use all these experiences to help train fledgling art teachers. Upon retiring she rediscovered her love for clay and the visceral joy that comes from artful learning.
I see my work as a visual, tactile representation of connections. I hope my pots demonstrate the connection between the process, emotional and technical learning I experience in making each piece, large or small, simple or complicated.
When making pots I feel connected to the artisans through the ages who crafted objects for people to use. I feel connected to those who do so now. I feel connected to basic elements of earth, water and fire, that work together to complete the object. And I feel connected to the future experiences of the pieces as I imagine them being used to hold the warmth of morning coffee, or to become part of family and friend celebrations large and small.