Artist Profile

Virginia Seeley: This Clay House

Medium: Clay

Description:  Hartford buildings and monuments made out of clay

Structures have always fascinated me. When I was ten I created houses and neighborhoods in my younger sister’s sandbox. My mother was a builder by hobby. She built additions to our home starting with a pick and shovel and ending with a roof, electrical wiring, sheetrock and windows. Her “buildathons” taught me about structure and design. In 1979 when I purchased and renovated my own home (an 1898 fourteen room Hartford Victorian) I also created my first clay model. Subsequently, I have been asked to create clay models of other people’s houses and my commission work began and has continued for than forty years. In 2014 I retired from teaching art and began producing clay structures of Hartford, CT buildings. My current work includes a 22” x 22" chess set featuring downtown Hartford structures. I have also created teapots of The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, The Colt Building, The Capewell Building, The Science Center canister set, a Christmas Village, salt and pepper shakers, vases, coasters and ornaments. Future plans include a New York City chess set and a Chrysler Building teapot as I have close childhood ties to the Chrysler Building, as well as, the City. M.A. Hartford Art School, 1974 B.A. Valparaiso University, studio art major, art education and art history minors, 1969 Wesleyan Potters, 1975-1985 student, 1985 -Present, key-member

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