Elizabeth McGiff

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Visual Arts
Ceramics, Warner Art Gallery Assistant Director

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BFA, SUNY Purchase

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Elizabeth has always cast her net wide to encompass all of her interests. While getting her B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase, she studied photography, bookbinding and printmaking. For her senior project she collaborated with two dancers from the Purchase dance department to create a performance, sewing kimonos for them with silkscreened photographs, fabricating shoji screens and designing the lighting.

After her B.F.A., her education took on an even more non-linier root studying the healing art of shiatsu massage. From 1992-95 she was a certified Ohashiatsu instructor and managed the Philadelphia branch of the school. Her 20 years of developing a healing touch has now led her back to the arts, this time in ceramics. “Clay is a material that is all about touch. Like shiatsu it is very physical and one must be sensitive to the entire piece, not just the surface.”

Elizabeth lives with her husband John at the Muller farm with four sheep and their black lab Alice. Their daughter Olivia is a SAS graduate (’10) and is now at Vassar. Their son Aidan will be a student at the Putney School in Vermont starting this year and was a choirboy at the St. Thomas choir school in New York. Along with ceramics Elizabeth also loves to work with the wool from her sheep, spinning, dying and knitting or adding wool into her ceramic sculptures.