Heather Allen Hietala’s mixed media art is designed to tell a story. The American artist uses the vessel as a metaphor for life’s journey. Hietala hand-builds ceramic canoe-like shapes—this diptych (two pieces) rendered in black with white markings is accented by three detailed copper ‘paddle-like’ pieces. Handwritten inscriptions on the interior of each vessel enrich the narrative.
“The inscriptions on my work offer advice for wherever you’re going but the journey itself still can’t be predicted." 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.