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Narrative

I grew up in the Midwest and after graduating from Wittenberg University with a BFA, worked as a graphic designer for fifteen years.

After I moved to California, I became interested in the meditative world, how meditation unlocks visualization, and how that in turn unlocks female power. When my husband and I wanted to start a family, I helped found and run a freestanding birth center in San Rafael, California, and taught meditation techniques to pregnant moms to open their sense of feminine power in labor. This profound experience still influences my art today and can be seen in the many vessel and purse shapes that I use.

When my youngest child entered kindergarten, I returned to fine art full time. After the violence of 9/11, I felt the need to add clay back into my mix of media, healing myself by literally sticking my hands into the earth. Since that time, I have concentrated on working in combinations of clay, fiber and mixed media.

Current Work
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Hand Built Pit Fired Vessel
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Dancing Persimmons
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Alpenglow
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Pit Fired Vessel with Copper Wash
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Whoozit Teapot #2
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The Mothership
Websites and Social Media
Upcoming Events

Art Works Downtown
Ceramic Sensibilities
Sept. 20 – Nov. 8
Receptions Oct. 11 & Nov 8, 5 – 8pm
1337 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

ACCI Gallery
Book of Secrets
Oct. 4 – 29
Reception Oct. 5, 6 – 9pm
1652 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley 94709

Museum of Northern California Art
Points of Departure: Fiber/DIMENSIONS @ 30
Oct. 3 – Nov. 3
Reception Oct. 3, 6 – 8pm
Artist Talks Oct. 6 at 3pm
900 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926

General Info
Melissa
Woodburn
Address
Novato
CA
94949
Studio Address
Use main address for studio
Phone Contact
Membership
Clay
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Exhibit planning, set-up, staff and admin support