Featured artist: Heather Hietala

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Heather Hietala, mixed media, ceramics and fiber

Oh. My. Goodness. A recent visit to Heather Hietala’s studio gave my tour participants an opportunity they were thrilled with.  These visitors were very interested in a variety of art mediums (one tour-goer was a retired art teacher and painter). Heather’s studio was a perfect fit for this group!

Her home is arranged wonderfully to experience the variety of art mediums she works in – whether it be clay, mixed media, fiber or her garden – Heather has an organized area to work, to teach, and to experiment with the materials she uses in her artwork.  Objects Heather has made range from rugs, quilts, books, clay vessels, wire forms, sculpture with natural materials and I’m sure I’m forgetting some!  As she explained, she doesn’t enjoy staying in one media of art – she uses the material that helps ‘say’ what it is that she is trying to say at the time.

If you live in the Asheville area, you might enjoy a workshop taught by Heather. She offers a wide variety of opportunities to learn, and one workshop is coming up at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Asheville.