Award-winning sculptor, potter and 2014-2015 Fulbright-Nehru Scholar to India, Cynthia Siegel exhibits her work internationally, receiving awards at the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale and the Cheongju International Craft Biennale. Ms. Siegel has presented lectures and workshops in India, Israel, Taiwan, New Zealand, and the U.S. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Pennsylvania and her MFA is from San Jose State University. Ms. Siegel teaches at Cabrillo College and Foothill College.
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Much of my sculpture is figurative, and considers the narrative potential of how the physical body might wear its emotional experiences. Carving deeply into the clay, I develop a textured skin of imagery, fueled by a love of storytelling, anthropology and natural history. With a gentle, wry sense of humor, I look to elicit from the viewer of my work a slight startle, perhaps a smile, and then a feeling of recognition and of empathy. I offer my viewer inclusiveness, and the comfort of a shared experience.
Clay figures in process at Cynthia Siegel's studio