Its dynamic form is reminiscent of an ancient vessel. For American artist Heather Allen Hietala the vessel is a muse; a symbol of solitude, life’s journey and change. Hand formed in natural clay, the boat-shaped piece retains an earthy palette. A second vessel straddles the larger one; the interior of both is lined with fragments of recycled glass in green and white. Inscriptions on the interior and exterior, written with a bamboo reed reflect the artist’s thoughts. “ Why, why, why, why? There are days, weeks of doldrums.’ (no wind) “There are times when the inner journey and the outer world converge.”
“Sometimes you get advice and you don’t follow it.” Heather Allen Hietala
She studied painting and sculpture at the University of New Hampshire and textiles at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. Hietala furthered her studies at Penland School of Crafts, Haystack, and Arrowmont in the US. Her work has been shown in Canada, the US, France and Singapore, and is held in collections worldwide. She has also taught and lectured in the US, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Nepal.