Grace Sheese

Biography
"I was born in Taipei, Taiwan. My family and I immigrated to the US when I was about 8. I had always wanted to be a pediatrician so when college time rolled around, I chose to attend the College of William and Mary in scenic Williamsburg, VA. It was during my sophomore year in college that I first met clay. After that, we were inseparable. The love affair was so serious that I changed my major to Studio Art and also received a certification to teach elementary school (you know, as a practical back up). After graduating, I spend the next 7 years living in 3 different states (Texas, Indiana and Oregon) and teaching 3rd and 4th grade. It was in Eugene, Oregon that I had the opportunity to become a full time studio potter. After our 4th move to Illinois, the opportunity to go to graduate school presented itself. Feeling stuck and bored with my work, I decided to give it a try. At the tender age of 34, I became a student again. Graduate school was scary, exhausting, exhilarating and a definite game changer. I was no longer stuck and was far from being bored. Upon graduating from Illinois State University with a Masters of Fine Arts in ceramics in 2012, I re-established my studio practice. Currently, I live and work in Bloomington, IL. In between a busy life with my son and husband, I am eagerly exploring my new found love for ceramics."
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